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ANC MP Vincent Smith to meet with legal team following Agrizzi testimony

Former Bosasa COO Angelo Agrizzi alleges Vincent Smith received regular payments from the company as bribe money.

FILE: Parliament constitutional review committee co-chair Vincent Smith. Picture: Screengrab

CAPE TOWN – African National Congress (ANC) Member of Parliament Vincent Smith says that he will meet with his lawyers later this week to discuss his response to damning corruption allegations made against him at the Zondo Commission.

Former Bosasa COO Angelo Agrizzi alleges that Smith received regular payments from the company as bribe money.

Smith, who chairs both Parliament's Justice committee and the committee on the Auditor-General, admitted last year to Bosasa's involvement in beefing up security at his house.

When reports of irregular payments between Bosasa and Smith surfaced last year, Smith denied that this was the case.

He said he had taken a loan from the company to pay for his daughter's university fees.

Following the reports, Smith relinquished his job as a co-chair of the Constitutional Review Committee, which was considering amending the Constitution to pave the way for land expropriation without compensation.

This week Agrizzi testified that Smith, who was the chairperson of the portfolio committee on correctional services, was paid handsomely along with other MPs.

“The amounts were for Vincent Smith who received R45,000, [Vincent] Magagula who received R30,000 and Winnie Ngwenya who received R20,000.”

He says their task was simple: “All the individuals who were there would ensure at the parliamentary committee meetings that the negative media coverage against Bosasa would not preclude any further tenders or business going forward.”

Agrizzi says in 2016, Smith’s R45,000 monthly payments increased to R100,000.

He’s also provided to the commission with proof that he paid over R260,00 for university fees for Smith’s daughter.

When contacted by Eyewitness News, Smith said he will not be commenting on the claims until he has taken legal advice.

He says he has also not seen the transcript of the testimony delivered at the commission of inquiry.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)