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Zondo Commission – week 17 overview

From designing the president’s birthday cake to building million-rand property for a senior public official, to buying the souls of judicial officials and members of Parliament, Angelo Agrizzi did it all, and is glad he has lived to tell it all, too. The former COO for Bosasa made plenty of allegations against very senior politicians Read more >

Bribes kept govt officials loyal to Bosasa

Day two of testimony from former Bosasa executive Angelo Agrizzi started off on a charged note, with video evidence that showed CEO Gavin Watson and two of his directors packing and arranging stacks of money while inside a vault at the company offices. The video, said Agrizzi, was taken by then Bosasa chief financial officer Read more >

Bosasa lavish with bribes, former COO tells Zondo

Controversial facilities management company Bosasa spent between R4-million and R6-million monthly for bribes to senior government officials on the company’s payroll, in what CEO Gavin Watson called “monopoly money”. These were the words of Angelo Agrizzi, the former chief operations officer of Bosasa, and first witness to testify before the Zondo commission of inquiry into Read more >

Zondo Commission – week 15 overview

Explosive revelations into the belly of the ANC, captured ministers who relinquished their authority to private citizens, and a dramatic request for a recusal, made for a hectic week at the commission of inquiry into state capture. The week started slowly as former National Treasury spokesperson Phumza Macanda testified. She, like former department colleagues before Read more >

Civil society denounces EFF’s claims and threats

We, civil society organisations in South Africa, express our deep concern at the attacks made in recent days on the state capture commission by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). Such attacks include statements by EFF leader Julius Malema in which he: Described the commission as a “Mickey Mouse show”; Accused its chairperson of stealing money Read more >

Zondo Commission – week 14 overview

The week of protests, political war threats and some comic relief – this is how many might characterise the last five days of the commission of inquiry into state capture. It started with the much anticipated testimony of public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan on Monday. Over three days, Gordhan gave detailed accounts of instances of Read more >

CW calls on Zondo to defend commission’s work

Today Corruption Watch called on Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo to defend the work of the commission of inquiry into state capture, currently underway in Johannesburg. This comes in the wake of statements made by Commander in Chief of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), Julius Malema, outside the hearings yesterday, during the testimony of Minister Read more >

Edelman: governments, CEOs, media distrusted globally

The 2017 Edelman Trust Barometer (ETB) — the 17th — was conducted online in 28 countries with over 33 000 respondents, of whom 1 150 were South African. This year, those South Africans’ distrust in government dropped even lower than last year’s almost negligible 16%, to 15%, and it is still the least trusted of Read more >

Party manifestos – do they walk the talk?

There are always grand claims made around election time, and promises of the moon and the stars to voters who back the winning party. The claims and promises often fade into the background after the elections, only to resurface the next time around because nothing much has been done in the years between. Africa Check delved into Read more >