JOHANNESBURG - Angelo Agrizzi, the former marketing co-coordinator of Bosasa Facilities Management, on Wednesday spilled the beans about the inner workings and political links of the controversial consultancy company, also saying that at times he felt like he was in a cult-like organisation during his 17-year long service with the firm.
Resuming for day 33 in Johannesburg, the Commission of Inquiry into allegations of State capture heard that Agrizzi had been working as a "right-hand man" for Bosasa's controversial chief executive, Gavin Watson, after joining Bosasa in 1999 while it was still Dyambu Holdings.
Watson allegedly has close ties to officials within the African National Congress (ANC) through his family's anti-apartheid struggle credentials and his brother's post-1994 business interests. Agrizzi claimed Watson had used his political ties to win a lucrative catering contract for his company at Gold Fields in a shady manner.
Agrizzi said that Watson had first offered him a lucrative job on the spot with attractive perks after meeting him for the first time, and he immediately resigned from Dyambu's competitor, Molope Foods.
At the time, Agrizzi said he was busy finalising a contract between Molope, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and Gold Fields for the provision of catering services at the mine's hostels. He went on to join Dyambu and helped Dyambu to steal the contract he was negotiating for Molope by persuading Gold Fields management to sign the contact with Dyambu.