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Bosasa bombshell hits NC dept

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The Department of Education awarded an “emergency contract” to Sondolo IT worth over R10 million, where Agrizzi claimed no tender procedures were followed

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THE NORTHERN Cape Department of Education has promised to provide “comment soon” on another bombshell dropped by the former chief operating officer of Bosasa turned whistle-blower Angelo Agrizzi, regarding a lucrative tender awarded by the department for security cameras.

Testifying at the Zondo commission into state capture, Agrizzi on Friday alleged that Bosasa paid a R1.2 million kickback to the Northern Cape Department of Education in exchange for being awarded a tender to install security cameras and access control points at its premises.

Agrizzi indicated that while attempts were made to withhold information regarding the tender from him, he was the person that was authorised to sign off the account.

He added that Bheki Gina, who was employed as a technician at Sondolo IT – a subsidiary of Bosasa – had a sister who was employed by the Department of Education.

The Department of Education awarded an “emergency contract” to Sondolo IT worth over R10 million, where Agrizzi claimed no tender procedures were followed.

Agrizzi told the commission that he had wanted to fire Gina for underperformance.

He stated that he was persuaded not to do so by a director of Sondolo IT, Trevor Mathenjwa, as he had informed him that Gina’s sister “needed to be looked after”, where she allegedly received regular payments from Bosasa.

Agrizzi explained that a
R1.25 million “sweetener” was paid for the contract, where the money was either captured as an “administrative or extraordinary fee” in the books.

Spokesperson for the Northern Cape Department of Education Geoffrey van der Merwe said that they were “looking into the matter” and would provide comment at a later stage.