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Yesterday, Angelo Agrizzi was back in the hot seat at the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture.
Some of his previous appearances have led to bombshell accusations against Bosasa, his former boss Gavin Watson, and various highly-placed politicians regarding state capture.
Oh, and there was also that time he admitted to being a massive racist, after a recording was played which featured him making reference to “k****rs” several times.
He was heard saying “I will f*ck each of those k****rs out there”, and “that k****r just needs a good hiding.”
He first argued that he was in the privacy of his own home, before saying “I’m embarrassed of myself… I am a racist, I agree.”
During his appearance yesterday, Agrizzi said that he is “no longer a racist” during exchanges with Reg Willis, who was cross-examining him.
This from TimesLIVE:
…Agrizzi said that he had since sought help and even visited Alexandra township at some point in the pursuit of change.
He said the SA Human Rights Commission, including its Gauteng provincial manager Buang Jones, who he worked closely with, was instrumental in his change of heart about race.
“I was honest and I spoke and I explained to the chairperson [deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo] exactly what I had done wrong. And I went and sought help for that.
“I’m no longer a racist. They have assisted me and they helped me not to think of race as a colour. I’ve become aware and I’ve worked with them, even in Alexandra, and I enjoyed it. So my answer to advocate Willis is, ‘No. There is no longer even a racist thing in my mind.’
He even went to Alexandra, and enjoyed it, so I guess that means cased closed, racism cured.
Not even a single racist thing in his mind. Poof – all racism has been vanquished.
I guess we should also mention, at this point, that Agrizzi has been accused of being rather dishonest about his so-called escape plan, with a 2020 bail hearing shedding light on his million of rands stashed away offshore, a home in Italy, multiple cryptocurrency accounts, and other assets he had moved overseas.
In November last year, he detailed a near brush with death, but thankfully he’s a very religious man (“I am not afraid. God has my back. I have no concerns at all.”) which must have helped him get through it.
Advocate Willis was grilling Agrizzi on behalf of his client, former Bosasa consultant Kevin Wakeford, who stands accused of trying to influence “a major SARS investigation” into Bosasa in 2008 and 2009, as well as other corrupt acts.
The Daily Maverick has that breakdown here.
Maybe Agrizzi can reach out to Adam Catzavelos next, and spread the gospel of racist reform.
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