'Very cynical': Angelo Agrizzi on Gavin Watson car crash

26 August 2019 - 15:38 By ANGELA DANIELS
Angelo Agrizzi said about Gavin Watson's fatal car accident: 'I have spoken to one of the police officers … we have our own ideas about what was done...' File photo.
Angelo Agrizzi said about Gavin Watson's fatal car accident: 'I have spoken to one of the police officers … we have our own ideas about what was done...' File photo.
Image: Alaister Russell/The Sunday Times

Angelo Agrizzi, the man who testified against his former boss, former Bosasa chief executive officer Gavin Watson, offered his condolences to the family after Watson died in a car crash on Monday morning.

When asked about his thoughts on the accident, Agrizzi said: “Very cynical, hey. I don’t want to comment on it now. My own perception, and I have spoken to one of the police officers … we have our own ideas about what was done. You know, I can’t comment. My condolences go out to the Watson family.”

Watson and Bosasa, now called African Global, have been in the news for years with allegations of underhanded dealings at the company dating back more than a decade.

In 2009 the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) handed a report to the National Prosecuting Authority in this regard.

Bosasa CEO Gavin Watson was confirmed dead on the scene of a fatal car accident near O.R Tambo airport on August 26 2019. Watson, who has been implicated in the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture, allegedly lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a concrete pillar. A case of culpable homicide has been opened.

The report was in relation to four Bosasa contracts with the department of correctional services.

Although the SIU said in its report that Bosasa, and Watson, had bribed former commissioner Linda Mti and department chief financial officer, Patrick Gillingham, there has been no prosecution since the handing over of the report.

Ten years after the SIU report was completed, Bosasa and Watson would once again come up, this time at the Zondo inquiry into state capture.

Earlier this year, former Bosasa chief operating officer Agrizzi testified extensively about corruption and bribes relating to the company’s contracts with the government.

He told the commission that every contract between the state and Bosasa was tainted by bribery and corruption.

Agrizzi said Bosasa had bribed senior officials from the department of correctional services to secure lucrative contracts at prisons across the country.

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