An explosive recording of a meeting between senior Bosasa executives reveals a discussion about former president Jacob Zuma's involvement in their bid to muzzle a Hawks investigation of the company.
It also shows the lengths to which the company would go to stop its employees and whistleblowers speaking out.
The meeting, in November 2017, included Bosasa board chair Joe Gumede, the company's youth development project manager Jackie Leyds and HR manager Johan Abrie.
Also at the meeting were three state capture commission whistleblowers, brothers Leon and Andries van Tonder, and Frans Vorster. The trio's lawyer, Daniel Witz, confirmed to the Sunday Times that they had been made aware of the recording.
"We cannot comment on its contents until it has been brought before a commission of inquiry or a court of law," he said.
Andries van Tonder and Bosasa whistleblower Angelo Agrizzi were this week arrested by Hawks officers in connection with a string of corruption allegations involving tenders worth R1.6bn with the department of correctional services. Former correctional services chief financial officer Patrick Gillingham and former correctional services commissioner Linda Mti were also arrested.
The Sunday Times understands the recorded meeting was called in an effort to convince the Van Tonders and Vorster not to blow the whistle on the company's alleged corrupt practices.
Gumede can be heard telling the meeting that he had been approached by the Hawks, saying these approaches occurred regularly.
LISTEN | Bosasa exec recording claims Zuma was involved in muzzling Hawks