Former Bosasa COO Angelo Agrizzi at the state capture commission of inquiry in Parktown, Gauteng. Picture: Dimpho Maja/African News Agency (ANA)

Johannesburg - Former Bosasa COO Angelo Agrizzi is among the five suspects arrested by the Hawks on allegations of corruption, money laundering and fraud involving Bosasa and the Department of Correctional Services.

Former correctional services commissioner Linda Mti and former correctional services CFO Patrick Gillingham were also arrested. The court documents which have been presented also reveal that former Bosasa CFO Andries van Tonder was arrested. African Global Operations (formerly known as Bosasa) has also been charged. 

They are expected to appear at the Pretoria Commercialised Crime Court on Wednesday.  

Two of the suspects are yet to be arrested as one is overseas and another is in Port Elizabeth. The unit said warrants of arrests have been issued for the remaining suspects. 

The arrests are linked to tenders that were awarded by the department of correctional services to Bosasa. The Hawks said in a statement on Wednesday that they had conducted an investigation and found that about R1.6 billion had been misappropriated in the procurement of services by the Department of Correctional Services.

The suspects had allegedly received bribes in the form of cash, purchasing properties, purchasing cars and other assets. The suspects also allegedly received payments for overseas holidays. 

“One of the suspects is overseas however he has been informed that there is a warrant for his arrest.  Another is in Port Elizabeth and efforts are underway to bring him back to Pretoria to face the charges,” said the Hawks. 

These arrests follow revelations at the state capture inquiry of the widespread corruption at Bosasa which involved officials at the correctional services department and the Department of Justice. 

Agrizzi told the inquiry that Bosasa funded the lifestyles of Mti and former correctional services CFO Patrick Gillingham.

The two had houses built by Bosasa. Gillingham had cars bought for him by Bosasa and for his wife and children. The two continued to receive monthly payments of bribes long after they left the department. 

Gillingham was allegedly paid R100 000 a month and Mti R64 000 a month.  

 A former Bosasa director Danny Mansell had his move to the USA funded by Bosasa. He also received a monthly allowance of $7000 from Bosasa. 

Van Tonder has also testified before the Zondo commission about the corruption at Bosasa and his part in the dealings.