He admitted that when media reports emerged in 2008 which placed Bosasa at the centre of scandals within the department of correctional services, members of the company, including himself, destroyed evidence implicating the company in corruption.
He said the company approached Blake’s Travel – an agency which he said Bosasa paid between R1.7m and R2.2m a month for travel and accommodation for politicians and government officials – when allegations of corruption began surfacing in the media. He, along with other Bosasa staff members, removed computers and documentation from the travel company, used a tractorloader-backhoe to dig a hole and set the evidence alight before burying it.
Agrizzi further alleged that Bosasa CEO Gavin Watson had also instructed another staff member to recreate travel invoices from Blake’s Travel, replacing the names of government officials with those of Bosasa staff.
It was around the same time that the Special Investigating Unit was tasked to investigate the allegations surrounding Bosasa.
The report emanating from the investigation found that Bosasa had bribed senior correctional services officials.
It was handed to the National Prosecuting Authority in 2009 but no criminal prosecution followed.
Agrizzi said he was also instructed to mimic a server crash within the company to disguise that they had destroyed internal documents.
“There was a disaster log created on the server.
“But I requested that it [information from the server] be preserved on two or three hard drives that I’ve made available to the commission and to the Hawks,” he said.
Another big name that emerged in Agrizzi’s testimony on Tuesday is KwaZulu-Natal prisons boss, Mnikelwa Nxele.
Nxele is alleged to be part of a team of government officials Bosasa plotted with to place undue pressure on former correctional services national commissioner Vernie Petersen in 2007.
Nxele was allegedly paid R57,500 a month.
Agrizzi’s testimony continues. –