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  • Kevin Wakeford cross-examined former Bosasa COO Angelo Agrizzi on Thursday.  
  • Wakeford’s advocate accused Agrizzi of not being truthful. 
  • Agrizzi had implicated Wakeford as a facilitator in a few of Bosasa’s untoward enterprise dealings.

The lawyer representing businessman Kevin Wakeford accused former Bosasa COO Angelo Agrizzi of not telling the reality and making issues up.

Agrizzi confronted an intense cross-examination on Thursday night about allegations he made towards Wakeford, however caught to his testimony.

He maintained that his testimony and affidavits have been truthful.

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

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

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

Agrizzi additionally beforehand claimed that Wakeford mentioned George Papadakis may resolve SARS points.

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Wakeford had apparently made an association with the late Gavin Watson to supply each moist and dry cement to Papadakis’ property in Meyersdal.

On Thursday, Agrizzi mentioned he couldn’t dispute that the cement was delivered.

Nevertheless, when requested by Wakeford’s advocate, Reg Willis, which main SARS investigation he was referring to, Agrizzi mentioned: “I do not know, I do not know which investigation it was particularly.”

Willis mentioned Agrizzi had made severe allegations towards Wakeford, so it did not assist that he could not bear in mind.  

Willis mentioned:

You understand the reply, however you do not need to decide to that reply.

Willis additionally took difficulty with Agrizzi’s method of responding to questions, saying he was not participating with the details.  

“You [Agrizzi] do not bear in mind what you say, merely since you’ve made it up as you go alongside, and no matter you mentioned shouldn’t be the reality. That’s the reason you do not bear in mind. You make it up as you go alongside.

“If there’s one factor that characterises your proof on affidavit or this fee, if you have been led or within the cross-examination, is that there’s a full paucity of element,” Willis added.

Willis additionally mentioned Agrizzi couldn’t show that Wakeford obtained a R100 000 a month to handle Papadakis in relation to any “main SARS investigation”.

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Wakeford beforehand accused Agrizzi of being a racist and a narcissist, who wished to see the corporate liquidated for his personal profit.

Wakeford denied allegations by Agrizzi that he negotiated a contract between Bosasa and the house affairs division, News24 reported.Wakeford on the time.

Wakeford mentioned on the time:

The allegations made towards me by Agrizzi and (Frans) Vorster have been fabricated and the details twisted, in order to recommend corruption and fraud within the public sector and to convey me throughout the mandate of the fee. Nevertheless, there isn’t any proof to help these fabrications.

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

Earlier, Mbulelo Gingcana, the previous senior supervisor of provide administration on the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA), additionally appeared earlier than the fee. He mentioned he had “by no means ever been bribed”.

Gingcana mentioned he was fired from his SACAA job due to “unfounded allegations” made by Bosasa worker, Richard le Roux. 

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Gingcana confirmed that Bosasa put in safety tools at his residence. He mentioned he had requested for an bill on a number of events, however had by no means obtained it.

Le Roux beforehand informed the fee that he undertook a “particular undertaking” on the instruction of varied Bosasa administrators, together with the late CEO, Gavin Watson, chief operations officer, Angelo Agrizzi, Trevor Mathenjwa, Syvion Dlamini and Papa Leshabane, News24 beforehand reported.

Le Roux mentioned the particular tasks concerned putting in safety methods, together with electrical fencing, CCTV and alarm methods, at varied houses of politicians and authorities officers across the nation.

He mentioned Bosasa put in safety tools at Gingcana’s residence, to the price of over R239 000, and that Bosasa incurred the bills. He alleged the undertaking was named “Mission Prasa” as a result of Dlamini mentioned Gingcana was the top of procurement on the Passenger Rail Company of South Africa (Prasa).

Nevertheless, in his supplementary affidavit, which is earlier than the fee, Gingcana mentioned naming the set up of the safety system at his home as “Mission Prasa” was premised on a lie, which led to his dismissal.

He mentioned it created an impression that, as a result of he was working at Prasa, he had obtained safety upgrades to learn some corporations linked with Bosasa, who wished contracts from the rail company.

However, he mentioned, he was now not at Prasa when the safety system was put in at his home.