Finally the ANC has stated its interest to dig-deep into the affairs of former Bosasa chief operation officer Angelo Agrizzi at the commission of inquiry into state capture. Recall that Agrizzi has accused a lot of ANC chiefs of tender rigging and bribery. He alleged that Bosasa bought the high ranked ANC officers over so they helped them secured multi-million rand deals in South Africa.
The political party spokesperson Dakota Legoete said Friday “The leadership of the ANC has publicly stated that it will, at an appropriate time, present itself to the commission where the ANC will make a full submission that will answer all allegations tabled against it. Mr Agrizzi’s testimony cannot be left unchallenged. We, therefore, cannot wait for a comprehensive submission to the Commission.”
ANC spokesperson Legoete looks forward for an opportunity for his party to cross-examine Agrizzi based on his claims. One of those who wish to cross-examine Agrizzi is the Environmental Affairs Minister Nomvula Mokonyane who demands clarity on Agrizzi’s claim that she received R50 000 a month in cash from Bosasa.
Agrizzi said Bosasa shared a very cordial relationship with Mokonyane because they saw her as an influential personality in government. Following the allegation, Mokonyane said “having now formally received a notice from the commission and the aspects of the statements of Agrizzi that make allegations against me, it is my intention to exercise my rights to testify, cross-examine and call witnesses before the commission. The allegation are of serious nature, self-contradictory in many respects and are designed to cast aspersions of impropriety against me in my personal and official capacities.”
Mokonyane is all set to pull herself out of the allegations made by Agrizzi even if its to be done under oath.
Mokonyane said, “I intend to provide the commission with an honest account of my relationship with the Watson family, my role as the previous head of elections and organising for the ANC, as well as my various roles in government insofar as they may relate to the ‘false’ allegations of bribery of myself by Bosasa.”