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More arrests expected in Bosasa corruption case - Hawks

Five suspects were granted R20,000 bail each on Wednesday and are facing charges of corruption, money laundering, and fraud.

FILE: Andries van Tonder and Angelo Agrizzi arrive at the Specialised Commercial Crimes Court in Pretoria on 6 February 2019. The pair and five others have been charged with corruption, money laundering and fraud. Picture: Abigail Javier/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Hawks say more arrests are expected after former Bosasa boss Angelo Agrizzi and four others appeared in the Specialised Commercial Crimes Court in Pretoria on Wednesday.

They were granted R20,000 bail each and are facing charges of corruption, money laundering, and fraud.

Their arrests follow explosive testimony at the state capture inquiry.

Agrizzi, Andries Van Tonder, Frans Voster, Carlos Bonaficio and Patrick Gillingham appeared in court, but they were not accompanied by former Correctional Services commissioner Linda Mti as expected.

It’s understood Mti’s whereabouts were still in question at the time of their appearance.

WATCH: Agrizzi, four others granted bail in Bosasa corruption case

Hawks spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi said: “The investigations are still going to continue. If there is any chance of any person being fingered, we are not afraid to arrest them. Let’s give the investigation an opportunity.”

The National Prosecuting Authority says Voster and Bonaficio will now appear separately on charges of corruption relating to their alleged involvement in the purchase of a car for Gillingham.

The matter has been postponed to 27 March to allow the police to conclude their investigation.

One of the state prosecutors in the case has explained that it’s up the state to gather evidence and testimony from the Zondo Commission will not lay the foundation of their case.

The Hawks have gone further to appeal for more people with information about corruption to testify at the commission without fear of repercussions.

Mulaudzi said: “Those whistleblowers with information are encouraged to come forward and let’s clean the system. That is what we want in ensuring that this country must not be seen as corrupt.”

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