Many South Africans have limited sympathy for Angelo Agrizzi, the former Bosasa COO whose testimony at the Zondo Commission implicated a number of South African politicians in widespread corruption.
When he said that ‘God has his back’, on top of his rampant racism, I really lost all faith in the man.
Anyway, even the rich and corrupt get robbed from time to time, which was the case with Agrizzi at a petrol station on William Nicol Drive in Johannesburg just after 1PM yesterday.
He was held up at gunpoint whilst filling up, in a scene we’ve watched play out all too often:
It was quite a decent haul for the robbers, who nabbed goods worth around R378 000 before leaving in a silver sedan.
Routine robbery, or something more sinister? Here’s the Citizen:
Contacted for comment, he confirmed the incident but said that he had become “immune” to it, owing to having been hijacked a few times before.
He said that he doesn’t believe it was an ordinary crime. “The words uttered were ‘stop talking’,” he said, saying that he believed he had been targeted in a “shake-up and orchestrated warning” to stop testifying about state and corporate corruption…
He is currently out on bail after being arrested and appearing in the Pretoria Specialised Commercial Court in a case related to a prisons tender given to Bosasa a decade ago.
“Well, many other threats have been making the rounds,” he said. “The truth is I actually drove off because I wanted to chase after them. Then I decided not to, besides there wouldn’t be any point. The messages have been getting across.
“Do you think for a minute that certain people aren’t going to try absolutely everything to stop me, arrest me, and so on?”
He may be on to something there.
In a completely unrelated incident from Plattekloof, Cape Town, CCTV footage at an Engen petrol station captured a man being run over by his own car.
According to News24, the man’s car wouldn’t start, and then began rolling after he successfully got the engine started.
It’s reported that his sister was behind the wheel, and thankfully the man appeared to be conscious once removed from under the car:
Petrol station owner Wilma van der Bijl told News24 on Thursday that the incident happened on May 9…
“It wasn’t fatal and we are just very fortunate that nobody else was injured.
“The staff acted very quickly. We really have to give it to the staff and surrounding customers. It was a very serious accident and we are very blessed that nobody got hurt.”
A warning that the footage is distressing:
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