News24.com | I did now not know Bosasa paid for my dwelling security upgrades, Mantashe tells Zondo rate

Gwede Mantashe

Gwede Mantashe

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  • Minister Gwede Mantashe has told the suppose like inquiry he wasn’t conscious that Bosasa modified into paying for security upgrades to his properties.
  • Ex-Bosasa COO Angelo Agrizzi and worker Richard le Roux like testified that security cameras like been installed at Mantashe’s properties.
  • Mantashe claims he had no dealings with Agrizzi or Le Roux.

Vitality and Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe has told the Zondo rate that he modified into now now not conscious that security upgrades to his dwelling like been paid for by Bosasa. 

Mantashe appeared prior to the associated rate on Friday to give testimony on security updates to his properties in Boksburg and the Jap Cape. He told the associated rate that his head of security, Mzonke Nyakaza, modified into to blame of the fashionable security and that he modified into now now not privy to the stout small print of the agreements between him and Bosasa worker Papa Leshabane. 

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Vulnerable Bosasa COO Angelo Agrizzi and worker Richard le Roux, previously testified prior to the associated rate that security cameras like been installed at Mantashe’s properties.

Mantashe stated:

“When I learn Le Roux and Agrizzi’s affidavits, there are many things that I select up there. Contradictions on the worth are one element. Then I learn Leshabane’s affidavit, who disputes both these costs. Even supposing Leshabane modified into the one offering these cameras, he would possibly well presumably be the one to know the costs.”

Agrizzi previously testified that they’d focused influential politicians and did favours for them. 

Mantashe, who modified into now now not a cabinet minister at the time of the upgrades, told the associated rate that Leshabane offering security while being a Bosasa worker modified into at the time now now not linked and that Leshabane modified into a “household buddy”. 

When requested if Leshabane offering to pay for security upgrades while being a Bosasa worker did now not make him sorrowful, he stated: 

“I had never had any interplay with Bossasa at the time Leshabane modified into a teenager, coming with other younger of us that like been in my situation. I wouldn’t peep him as a consultant of Bossasa.”

Mantashe told the associated rate that he had no dealings with Agrizzi or Le Roux on the matter and that he modified into never despatched an bill on the work performed. 

Additionally to testify modified into frail deputy minister of justice and correctional companies and products Thabang Makwetla, who additionally received security updates, after his dwelling modified into burgled, from Bossa. 

Makwetla stated that he met with the unhurried Gavin Watson in 2016 and had mentioned it in passing that his dwelling had been burgaled, and that Watson had offered his firm’s companies and products.  

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“I phoned Gavin Watson to pronounce, you’re going to love started doing work however you’re going to love now now not equipped me with a quote, how powerful is this work going to impress, and he stated, now I shouldn’t terror, when we met up he’s going to impress. When he stated that, I modified into very anxious as a result of I would possibly well presumably peep that they like been doing other things I did now not ticket and work I did now not inquire for, so I modified into fervent to meet with him straight away,” he stated. 

Makwetla testified that, when he met Watson, he modified into told now now not to terror about rate

“I modified into now now not staunch surprised, I modified into shy. I believed that he would possibly well presumably admire that he would possibly well presumably now not supply me a free service for the easy motive that he modified into doing enterprise, as a firm, with the division and I explained that to him,” he stated. 

Makwetla told the associated rate that Watson told him to donate the money to a charity, however Makwetla expressed that he did now not feel correct about doing so, and so Watson had stated that he would ship an bill 

He despatched me a bill of about R90 000, along with VAT. When that bill got right here, I queried it…”

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