It looks like a new battle is about to hit SA as the former Bosasa COO, Angelo Agrizzi has denied theft charges the company laid against him. Gavin Watson’s family are accusing and another former employee of theft.
The directors of African Global Operations, formerly known as Bosasa, have also laid charges of theft, fraud and money laundering against Agrizzi. The company has stated that R35-million went missing under Agrizzi’s watch.
Watson confirmed that charges had also been laid against the company’s former chief financial officer Andries van Tonder, as well as Agrizzi’s wife and brother.
But Agrizzi has denied this: “I really don’t know what to say, because I know nothing about this case. I got to know from the media that there is this case that has been opened by a 31-year-old Jared,” he said, adding that he was in a game reserve in Limpopo enjoying hot coffee and had not skipped the country.
“I’ve never stolen anything from anybody. So I can’t understand why they would make an accusation like that, and why is it so long after I’ve left the company if there was any claim. I dunno. I think it’s a bit strange, don’t you?.” Agrizzi added.
Agrizzi was thrust into the spotlight at the state capture inquiry when he testified about the alleged corruption by his boss, Gavin Watson. Watson died in a mysterious car crash earlier this year.
This was how Agrizzi closed his final statements:
He said the “surprising” case against him was clearly a plot by the Watsons to discredit him after he “exposed” them at the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture, and added that if they wanted to dispute his evidence they should have applied to cross-examine him at that platform.
He warned the Watsons that he was still going to spill more beans about them in the near future, but he did not say how and where. “I trust in God, and if they want to kill me they must come and kill me, I fear nothing… But the truth will still come out, and I am still going to tell more truth. I did what was good for the country and exposed the Watsons, that they are not a struggling family as they claim,” Agrizzi said.