State Capture Inquiry

Bosasa's dirty laundry still aired in public and Zuma hits back at critics

Former Bosasa CFO Andries van Tonder continued to give testimony at the state capture commission of inquiry on Wednesday.

EWN reporter Clement Manyathela says Van Tonder is corroborating the information presented by former Bosasa COO Angelo Agrizzi on allegations of corruption at the company.

He went into detail in his testimony on how he had to withdraw money in cash to purchase a car for former correctional service CFO Patrick Gillingham's daughter, says Manyathela.

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He is telling the commission that his understanding was that the car was purchased so that they can get favours from Patrick because he was in the top management at the Correctional Service Department.

Clement Manyathela, Reporter - EWN

He also corroborated the information about the money that used to be stored in those walk-in vaults, millions of rands that was used to pay bribes in exchange for tenders and favours.

Clement Manyathela, Reporter - EWN

Manyathela says Van Tonder also told the commission how Bosasa used to pay for holidays for some of the top politicians.

He says at some point Gavin Watson instructed him to destroy documents from the travel agent used by Bosasa to organise holiday trips for politicians.

Van Tonder could reveal some of the politician's names at the commission, says Manyatela.

Meanwhile, former president Jacob Zuma has hit back at those criticising his tenure in government, including President Cyril Ramaphosa and Finance Minister Tito Mboweni.

According to Manyathela, Zuma released a statement on Twitter taking a swipe at Ramaphosa who was quoted talking about the country’s "nine lost years" at a dinner in Davos.

He addressed what he says are his achievements during the nine years - the improvement in the HIV treatment, the increase in life expectancy, the creation of the NDP, the building of two universities and the ushering in of free education.

Clement Manyathela, Reporter - EWN

He says it cannot be that leaders can continue lying to potential voters saying that in my tenure those nine were wasted we never achieved anything.

Clement Manyathela, Reporter - EWN

Political analyst Professor Mcebisi Ndletyana says if there was ever a honeymoon between President Cyril Ramaphosa and Jacob Zuma it was a fake one.

He says the ANC is under pressure in KZN and they are using Zuma to gain popularity and remain in the limelight.

They want to remain in the limelight in that province for electoral campaigns but generally and overall they think he is a complete disaster.

Prof Mcebisi Ndletyana, Political analyst - University of Johannesburg

Ndletyana says the ANC and Ramaphosa package campaign messages differently when it comes to Zuma. When in KZN they will praise him because of the value he carries there and then "sing a different tune" when they are elsewhere in the country.

JZ is more concerned about his own messaging and that is why he is defending himself. He wants to convince the ANC that he is still important for their electoral campaigns.

Prof Mcebisi Ndletyana, Political analyst - University of Johannesburg

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