27 March 2019

South Africa: How Sneaky Agrizzi Captured a Whistle-Blower

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Video screenshot of former Bosasa head Angelo Agrizzi (file photo).
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Former Bosasa tax consultant Peet Venter is a reluctant whistle-blower, one nudged into the ring by the crafty tactics of master bribe-record-keeper, Angelo Agrizzi.

Angelo Agrizzi put himself in pole position for redemption as he organised and gathered evidence from a group of Bosasa employees and consultants to expose his former boss, Gavin Watson.

South Africa latched on to his every word of R4-million to R6-million in monthly bribes, of cars and houses for corrupt civil servants or free security upgrades for senior politicians.

As it now turns out, spilling the beans was, at least at some point, his Plan B.

Agrizzi's battle plan was two-fold, depending on who is to be believed: Either that ammunition - the evidence - was being gathered from former colleagues to take out Watson and expose the rot within Bosasa, or it was to boost his negotiating powers to have Watson cede to a lucrative Correctional Services contract that he would manage on behalf of the string of fellow whistle-blowers he had lined up, by hook or by crook.

After his explosive nine-day stint in the witness box at the State Capture Commission, most of his former colleagues have followed him essentially to corroborate...

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