Bosasa’s gifts to Mokonyane included alcohol, meat & cash

Angelo Agrizzi says Nomvula Mokonyane was also paid instalments of R50,000 for some time in exchange for her influence to stop criminal investigations into Bosasa.

Minister Nomvula Mokonyane. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - Former Bosasa executive Angelo Agrizzi has confirmed reports that the facilities company gifted minister Nomvula Mokonyane with groceries, expensive alcohol and meat every year, adding the company even paid for her relatives’ funerals.

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He says Mokonyane was also paid instalments of R50,000 for some time in exchange for her influence to stop criminal investigations into Bosasa.

Agrizzi resumed his testimony at the state capture commission in Parktown on Monday.

The former Bosasa executive says Mokonyane received many gifts from the company every year starting from the time she became MEC in Gauteng.

“It was 120 cases of cold drinks, four cases of high-quality whiskey, 40 cases of beer, 12 cases of frozen chicken, 200 kilogrammes of beef and various braai packs and the numerous cases of premium brandy and some speciality alcohol. I’d get a list. The organising and paying of funerals in respect of deceased family members.”

He says even her daughter benefited: "I would have to arrange for a rental vehicle for up to three months at a time for her daughter. She and the daughter would phone me up and request an Audi A3 Cabriolet.”

Agrizzi claims Mokonyane also received cash payments, saying he had often packed amounts of R50,000 for her and even travelled with Bosasa CEO Gavin Watson to deliver the cash.

Agrizzi further alleged that Mokonyane once helped current ANC Youth League treasurer general Reggie Nkabinde bid for a tender to provide security at Gauteng hospitals.

He has told the state capture commission that when she was MEC of Community Safety in 2002, Mokonyane asked Bosasa to do an analysis of security at hospitals.

He says after submitting a report on that analysis to Mokonyane, Nkabinde got his hands on it and used it to bid for the security tender.

Agrizzi says executive director at Bosasa Papa Leshabane told him Nkabinde would get the tender.

“He actually mentioned, at that stage, there was a gentleman by the name of Reggie Nkabinde, who would probably be given the tender.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)