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Agrizzi allegations – just which individuals will the ANC not be defending?

According to Times LIVE the ANC has said it will not defend the individuals implicated in wrongdoing at the Zondo commission of inquiry into state capture following a week of explosive revelations by former Bosasa COO Angelo Agrizzi.

Here are some of the names that have in one way or another been implicated in dodgy dealings with Bosasa according to IOL, The Citizen and ENCA:

  • Andile Ramaphosa, son of President Cyril Ramaphosa
  • Siviwe Mapisa, brother of Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula
  • Post office’s former chief executive Maanda Manyatshe
  • International Relations and Cooperation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu
  • North West’s MEC for social development from five years ago
  • Sapo’s former head of security Siviwe Mapisa
  • Girly Pikoli,  former National Director of Public Prosecutions Vusi Pikoli’s wife
  • Former SA Airways chairperson Dudu Myeni
  • Former SA Broadcasting Corporation boss Hlaudi Motsoeneng
  • Former correctional services COO Patrick Gillingham and former prisons boss Linda Mti
  • Former Airports Company of South Africa head of security liaison, Rueben Pillay
  • Chemical, Energy, Paper, Printing, Wood and Allied Workers’ Union general secretary Simon Mofokeng

My Take

Having Ramaphosa’s son on that list isn’t a good look.

I wouldn’t simply take Agrizzi’s word for it, but I do think government should be investigating these people who have been named.

With Lindiwe Sisulu it should be relatively easy to figure out whether Agrizzi is talking nonsense – a register of directors is kept as part of a company’s secretarial records.

Part of my first job involved reading those, and it is fairly straightforward.

Detecting kickbacks is much harder, but President Ramaphosa announced that the government had agreed to a framework for lifetyle audits last year, so that should help a bit.

One of the interesting bits of this testimony is the North West’s MEC for social development, because it isn’t a name being named, but rather a position which changed hands a fair bit that year.

The person I think is most likely to be the one he’s talking about is Collen Maine, as he was MEC for social development in North West up until May of 2014, and he’s already admitted to being in bed with the Guptas.

I do not think it would be his replacement, Ontlametse Mochwari, as Mochwari quit after one day on the job.

Fenny Gaolaolwe would be another possibility, but most of the time when someone is involved in corruption it isn’t a total surprise, and I don’t see any other allegations against her.

So to my mind the most likely candidate for this mysterious MEC is Maine.

That said, it is a bit like naming a former CEO at Eskom – you’ve got to get a bit more specific than that to really nail down who you’re talking about.

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