The Zondo Commission is still chugging along, with the full extent of the State Capture rot slowly bubbling to the surface.
Bosasa and the company’s CEO, Gavin Watson, have been front and centre – the bribes, the practising of his lines for Zuma, and the collateral damage of some poor bloke on Twitter with the same name just some of the highlights.
So, how’s Gavin taking the increased scrutiny, and the news of Angelo Agrizzi and others involved with the scandal being arrested?
Pretty damn chilled, actually – over to TimesLIVE:
[He] remains unperturbed by mounting evidence that he paid off government ministers during former president Jacob Zuma’s tenure.
“When it’s finished, we can talk – but not now,” he told TimesLIVE from the driver’s seat of his electric blue BMW X5 outside his home in Johannesburg.
“Let them rant and rave as much as they want,” Watson added.
A glib Watson, wearing a tie emblazoned with the company logo of African Global, would not be drawn to comment further.
Bosasa was renamed African Global Operations, in case you were confused.
Why should Gavin be worried, though? It’s been a year since the Hawks stormed the Gupta Saxonwold compound, and not a single person has spent a single day behind bars.
Everybody knows what went on behind those gates – even the security guard – but in the end, it’s just another case of justice delayed.
Yes, we have a new head of the NPA, and Shamila Batohi is talking a good game, but the public mistrust in our legal institutions is going to take a while to win back.
Sadly, for Agrizzi, all that singing at the Zondo Commission hasn’t seen his bacon spared:
These crooks deserve to be behind bars, but is it a good idea to take down those who testify at the commission?
Over on Business Day, constitutional law expert Phephelaphi Dube doesn’t think so:
The arrest of former Bosasa official and whistle-blower Angelo Agrizzi for alleged corruption could scare off potential witnesses from the Zondo commission, possibly hindering its prospects of uncovering more corruption.
“The latest developments serve as a spanner in the works for the commission, as the arrests, while welcome, perhaps will have a chilling effect on the willingness of other whistle-blowers to appear before the commission,” Dube said.
Author Jacques Pauw agrees, and was pretty vocal on Twitter:
You don’t want to be that person who says that the Hawks are working on behalf of the ruling party, who are trying to collapse the enquiry so that we don’t have more people coming and testify, but…
Well, you make your own mind up.
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