News24.com | I’ve learnt my lesson, I am now not a racist, Agrizzi tells Zondo Fee

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Former Bosasa COO Angelo Agrizzi at an earlier court appearance. Former Bosasa COO Angelo Agrizzi at an earlier court docket look.

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  • Former Bosasa COO Angelo Agrizzi appeared earlier than the Zondo Fee to be cross-examined by businessman Kevin Wakeford.
  • Agrizzi had implicated Wakeford as a facilitator and benefactor in a few of Bosasa’s untoward enterprise dealings.
  • Wakeford beforehand accused Agrizzi of being a racist and narcissist. 

Former Bosasa COO Angelo Agrizzi confronted an intense cross-examination from businessman Kevin Wakeford’s counsel on Thursday afternoon.

It began with advocate Reg Willis asking Agrizzi if it was attainable that his proof regarding Wakeford was fallible or if he had made a mistake in his testimony.

Willis wished a sure or no reply from Agrizzi. However he refused to reply.

“You possibly can’t ask folks sure or no questions. It’s unsuitable,” Agrizzi, who appeared through a video hyperlink, mentioned.

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Willis moved on to ask him about confessing to being a racist when he testified earlier than the fee in January 2019.

Agrizzi mentioned:

I’ve learnt my lesson … I am now not a racist. There isn’t any longer even a racist factor in my thoughts.

He added he didn’t despise Wakeford, saying: “I am so confused by the truth that Mr Wakeford is irritated with me or is upset with me, and I hated him. I by no means hated him. In no way.”

Agrizzi claimed all he ever did was to inform the fee the reality.

However Willis hit again, saying: “All the things you have simply mentioned in addition to all the pieces you say in your affidavit, I’ll show to the chairman … is nothing however a twisting of the reality, a cloth of lies. There may be nothing you say that Mr Wakeford accepts.” Wakeford beforehand accused Agrizzi of being a racist and narcissist who wished to see the corporate liquidated for his profit.

Benefactor

He denied allegations by Agrizzi he had negotiated a contract between Bosasa and the Division of Dwelling Affairs, News24 reported.  

Agrizzi had implicated Wakeford as a facilitator and benefactor in a few of Bosasa’s untoward enterprise dealings.

Wakeford labored as a guide, on a month-to-month retainer of R50 000, at Bosasa for practically 10 years.

Agrizzi had alleged Wakeford assisted with issues the corporate had with SARS and likewise helped negotiate and affect the contract between Bosasa and the division relating to the controversial administration of the Lindela Repatriation Centre in Krugersdorp. 

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“The allegations made in opposition to me by Agrizzi and [Frans] Vorster have been fabricated and the info twisted, in order to counsel corruption and fraud within the public sector, and to carry me throughout the mandate of the fee. Nevertheless, there isn’t any proof to help these fabrications,” mentioned Wakeford on the time. 

He added Agrizzi didn’t testify as a result of he wished to disclose the reality however slightly to pressure the corporate into liquidation so he may take over the purchasers utilizing his personal firm.