Proceedings at the inquiry into State Capture have resumed amid tight security. The former Bosasa COO, Angelo Agrizzi, continues his testimony. Political analyst, Professor Kealeboga Maphunye, meanwhile says South Africans have many lessons to learn about corruption at government level – as explosive revelations continue to stem from the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture.
Agrizzi disclosed to the commission, incidents of influence that were exercised in awarding of government tenders. Among the allegations are that Bosasa spent up to R6 million in monthly bribes to various government officials and executives at state-owned enterprises; NPA officials being bribed; and that Agrizzi was threatened when he intended to cut ties with the company.
Maphunye says those implicated in state capture must be investigated and brought to book.
“What happens once they have been exposed and this is where the prosecution agencies come in to ensure that the rule of law is maintained and make sure that people do account. We have to make sure that those who are accused of criminal activities are brought to book. The relationship of political office bearers elected as it were, with the people who are in charge of public finances, have got to be transparent and subjected to the rule of law. We don’t want to have another situation where scandals erupted whereby there are money exchanging hands, brown envelopes and so on, as would seem to be the case in these allegations.”
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