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Agrizzi: ‘I don’t think Ramaphosa knew about the Bosasa donation’

Bosasa paid R500 000 towards President Cyril Ramaphosa’s CR17 campaign, which formed part of a legal battle with the public protector

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Former Bosasa Chief Operations Officer (COO) Angelo Agrizzi has said he does not believe that President Cyril Ramaphosa had any knowledge of the R500 000 donation the now scandal-plagued company made to his CR17 campaign.

The donation was specifically made by the company’s former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Gavin Watson and formed part of a legal battle between Ramaphosa and Public Protector advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane.

It’s no secret that a dark cloud hands over how exactly Ramaphosa managed to emerge victorious at the ANC elective conference in December 2017, with the Bosasa donation essentially forming part of the saga.

Did Cyril Ramaphosa really not know about Bosasa donation?

Angelo Agrizzi, who revealed to the State Capture Commission that the company paid bribes to the ANC to influence the awarding of lucrative contracts, reckons that Ramaphosa was truly taken by surprise by the donation.

“I honestly believe that the president did not know about it. I think that he was taken by surprise. I think that at the end of the day, it was one of the many mechanisms that Gavin Watson would use to try and corrupt and try and influence and bring into his little cult, politicians,” he said in an interview with eNCA.

Here’s a short recap: In 2019, then leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA) Mmusi Maimane asked Ramaphosa about the R500 000 payment made to his son Andile Ramaphosa in the National Assembly. The president said his son had done some work for Bosasa, which is now known as African Global Operations. He backtracked a few days later and admitted that the funds were meant for his 2017 bid for the ANC presidency, which eventually landed him at the Union Buildings.

Agrizzi said after learning about the payment, he approached someone close to Ramaphosa to warn them about it.

“Honestly, I don’t think Cyril Ramaphosa, the president, knew anything about it. I think it just happened. I happened to find out about it and I went immediately to try to warn one of the people that were close to the president at that stage, not to even get involved with it”

Former Bosasa COO Angelo Agrizzi