The ruling party has gone back on its decision to cross-examine Angelo Agrizzi before the Zondo Commission of inquiry into State Capture.
In March 2019, the African National Congress (ANC) had applied to cross-examine former Bosasa chief operating officer (COO) Angelo Agrizzi after he alleged, in his testimony, that the corruption-ridden company had donated large sums of money to government officials, including the ANC top six. Agrizzi claimed that he knew of cheques worth up to R12 million that were sent to the ANC top six and had Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo ask him to produce evidence to back up his claims.
After Agrizzi’s testimony before the commission, the ANC had applied to cross-examine him on the grounds of the allegations made. In its initial statement, the ANC national spokesperson Dakota Legoete had said that Agrizzi’s allegations could not be left unchallenged.
“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. We, therefore, cannot wait for a comprehensive submission to the commission. We are confident that the commission will be able to afford the ANC the opportunity to cross-examine Mr Agrizzi on his allegations,” he said.
However, Legoete has now announced that the party will no longer be pursuing to cross-examine Agrizzi because it believes that Agrizzi clarified that the alleged R12 million cheques were donations made to the top six by Bosasa, not bribes.
“Mr Agrizzi has clarified that these alleged payments to the top 6 were donations, not bribes. We have received legal advice that there is, therefore, no need to cross-examine him,” Legoete said.
Former ANC treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize also confirmed that the top six had received and accepted donations from Bosasa, despite the company being implicated in wrongdoing in a Special Investigating Unit report.