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Peter Pedlar appointed as acting secretary of state capture commission

This comes after Dr Khotso de Wee went on special leave last week after he was implicated in a damning testimony.

A video screengrab of the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture.

JOHANNESBURG - Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo has appointed Peter Pedlar as acting secretary of the state capture commission of inquiry.

Dr Khotso de Wee went on special leave last week after he was implicated in a damning testimony.

Former Bosasa executive Angelo Agrizzi named De Wee as one of the former government officials who was paid bribes.

Zondo says that should the investigation into De Wee's conduct be finalised before Monday, then Pedlar's acting appointment will be terminated.

Agrizzi is still on the stand and has on Tuesday told the commission he designed a system where a television would be placed in every South African prison cell.

He says Bosasa CEO Gavin Watson told him the Correctional Services Department had surplus funds in its budget that needed to be spent.

“They wanted a system wherein each cell around the country had a TV screen that would be able to be programmed so that you could decide, as the head of the prison, what they would watch, what volume he would set it and what would be distributed to that television.”

WHO IS PEDLAR?

In his CV, Pedlar describes himself as a “visionary, commercially astute, motivated, driven and well-educated accountant.”

His professional career started in 1982, when he was employed as a clerk at the Reserve Bank.

He obtained his BCom at the University of the Western Cape in 1990 and went on to do his honours degree at the University of Stellenbosch.

He served as the chief financial officer of Denel in the late 1990s and went on to become the deputy director general of the Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology.

More recently, Pedlar served as the CFO of Cape Town’s Atscape Theatre. He has a history of corporate governance activism, becoming one of the first South African members of the International Corporate Governance Network.

His CV adds that: "He has a wealth of experience from having worked in the private, parastatal and public spheres in the manufacturing, IT, financial services and research sectors. He has over 20 years working experience at senior levels as CFO, COO and acting/deputy CEO. He has always produced clean audits while ensuring that organisations function optimally."

(Edited by Mihlali Ntsabo)

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