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Angelo Agrizzi
Agrizzi expected back on witness stand
18 January 2019, 6:48 AM

Former Boston Advanced Software Agency (Bosasa) COO Angelo Agrizzi is back on the witness stand Friday morning at the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture. Agrizzi’s testimony was brought to a halt on Thursday following security concerns.

He had earlier raised security concerns to the commission after a former police officer Solomon Segale, who used to work for Bosasa, was spotted in the building with an expired police badge.

Agrizzi told the commission that almost all of the company’s contracts with government were obtained illegally. He states that in instances where contracts were legitimately obtained, bribes were also paid.

“I can’t count all the contracts at the back of my head but what I can tell you that, it was every single contract. Either way every single contract was tainted with bribes and corruption,” explains Agrizzi.

He has disclosed to the commission of inquiry into state capture how on several occasions influence was exercised in awarding of government tenders.

Agrizzi told the commission of a system used by the company to pay monthly bribes to trap officials.

“You don’t entrap somebody for life when you pay them once off because they take their money and they go. They start and they do something else but once you start paying people and I’ve realised it myself the hard way. Once you start paying people bribes on a monthly basis for as long as they are there you control them 100%,” says Agrizzi.

The facility and management company is believed to have been granted more than R10 billion in government tenders. With Agrizzi telling the commission that it spent more almost R6 million per month in bribes.

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Kaizer Chiefs players
Chiefs return to winning ways
17 January 2019, 11:08 AM

Kaizer Chiefs are back to their winning streak. On Wednesday night they beat Amazulu in a thrilling five goal encounter by 3-2.

Bernard Parker, Willard Katsande and Leonard Castro found the back of the net for Amakhosi, while goals from Usuthu were scored by Ovidy Karuru and Mark Van Heerden.

The latest Chiefs victory means that Amazulu have failed to beat Chiefs in the last 12 years.

After 18 games, Amakhosi are 5th on the log with 27 points. Kaizer Chiefs coach, Ernest Middendorp, has commended the character shown by his players against Amazulu.

While Amazulu are still 12th with 17 points after 18 games.

“This is something in one week that shows the character of the players individually and the team in total. This is why I’m talking, hopefully with the support and they come in numbers on Saturday evening. I’m quite confident that with this behaviour, with this character we can make it on Saturday. That’s our focus now,” says Middendorp.

Meanwhile, Middendorp says he doesn’t see Amazulu being relegated this season. The Germany-born coach says Usuthu are a dangerous team in the league.

Menzi Primary School
Learning at Menzi Primary School continues despite break-in
17 January 2019, 10:39 AM

The South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) says lessons will continue at the Menzi primary school in Tsakane Ekurhuleni despite the recent break-in at the newly opened R105 million school.

On Monday night a group of criminals tied-up two patrollers and locked them in one of the rooms before stealing all 185 tablets for learners, as well as laptops and data projectors for teachers.

The state of the art paperless school was unveiled amid much fanfare by Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi and Premier David Makhura on Wednesday last week.

Sadtu steward at the school Siyabonga Mthetwa says the burglary is a huge set-back.

“We are so devastated by this. There were a few things that were targeted at our school, the laptops and the tablets. The only thing that is painful is that these kids are coming from the poorest and they had the opportunity to learn and explore tablets and laptops. They had the opportunity to explore and get the world class education since this was a paperless school. Since these things were stolen we will go back to square one. We will use papers and stuff. We will improvise as teachers. We don’t know what to do but we will continue with teaching and learning,” says Mthetwa.

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Mike Mabuyakhulu
Court officials attach Mabuyakhulu’s property
17 January 2019, 9:06 AM

Police and court officials are currently attaching the property of the African National Congress (ANC) deputy chairperson in KwaZulu-Natal Mike Mabuyakhulu‘s property in various parts of the province. This after several corruption charges including a contract of up to R28-million for a jazz festival did not take place.

Mabuyakhulu who is the former KZN MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, has already appeared in court at least twice for alleged corruption and money laundering. He is charged along with seven businessmen and women from the province.

He appeared in the Durban Commercial Crime Court in August last year with seven co-accused on charges related to fraud, corruption and money laundering. The homes of the seven other co-accused are also being raided simultaneously.

Mabuyakhulu’s political career is uncertain as President Cyril Ramaphosa made it clear that the ANC will ensure their members are not involved in any corrupt activities.

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MDC flag with hand in the middle
Unrest in Zimbabwe been a long time coming: Mlilo
17 January 2019, 8:01 AM

Zimbabwe’s opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance spokesperson Nqobi Mlilo says the unrest that has erupted in Zimbabwe has been a long time coming.

He says the people of Zimbabwe are under siege from the army and police.

Mlilo claims soldiers and the police are entering people’s homes in the middle of the night looking for people they suspect to have participated in the stay-away and also looking for the leadership of a number of NGO’s and MDC leaders.

Mlilo says since Wednesday a number of their leaders were arrested and are expected to appear in court on Thursday. Those arrested include activist Evan Mawarire.

Mlilo says what is happening in the country is a crime against humanity and has urged the South African government to use its political muscle on the continent to help bring change to Zimbabwe.

“The loss of one life for political reasons is bad enough and the loss of 10 and counting necessitates that SADC and the African Union intervene. It also necessitates that South Africa uses its duo political importance, it uses its muscle on the African Union to call for dialogue between major political parties in Zim the Movement for Democratic Change and Zanu-PF with a view there must be a transitional authority,” says Mlilo.

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