Angelo Agrizzi called to testify at Nomgcobo Jiba and Lawrence Mrwebi inquiry too
Evidence against suspended NPA officials Nomgcobo Jiba and Lawrence Mrwebi will now be heard at the parallel commission
The sensational allegations that senior National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) officials Nomgcobo Jiba and Lawrence Mrwebi were bribed by facilities management company Bosasa is now evidence before the inquiry into their fitness to hold office.
The state capture commission of inquiry chaired by deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo heard evidence which implicated the two officials, but until the inquiry received former Bosasa COO Angelo Agrizzi’s affidavit, that testimony was not seen as evidence before the inquiry being chaired by retired constitutional court justice Yvonne Mokgoro.
The inquiry into Jiba, suspended deputy national director of public prosecutions, and Mrwebi, the suspended head of the specialised commercial crimes unit, is part of the process of restoring the integrity of the NPA — whose image has been tattered in the past few years.
On Wednesday evidence leader Nazreen Bawa told the Mokgoro inquiry that the commission had been provided with Aggrizi's affidavit, as well as annexures and exhibits used as evidence before the state capture commission.
She said they had also requested, in a hand delivered letter, that Agrizzi provide evidence to the Mokgoro inquiry on the allegations he made to the Zondo commission.
Agrizzi gave evidence to the Zondo commission that the company, now known as African Global Operations, paid bribes to Jiba and Mrwebi for information. Agrizzi alleged this took place when the NPA was looking to prosecute Bosasa following a Special Investigating Unit report into prison tenders.
He testified that Jiba received R20,000 and Mrwebi R10,000 in bribes.
Bawa said the inquiry had followed the same approach with Mahlodi Muofhe, who was former mineral resources minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi’s adviser.
Muofhe told the Zondo commission that former president Jacob Zuma wanted to appoint him as NDPP after the former incumbent Mxolisi Nxasana left office with a now unlawful golden handshake.
He claimed that Zuma wanted to protect Jiba from being prosecuted.
Meanwhile, earlier on Wednesday the inquiry focused heavily on the decision to drop criminal charges against former crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli — an ally of Zuma — when North Gauteng director of public prosecutions Sibongile Mzinyathi took to the stand.
The charges against Mdluli were dropped in 2011 by Mrwebi. Mzinyathi said Mdluli had a prima facie case to answer, but later conceded there was nothing wrong with provisionally withdrawing charges pending further investigations.
Advocate Karen van Rensburg, former CEO of the NPA and now Mzinyathi’s deputy, also revealed to the inquiry that former senior state prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach’s disciplinary hearing — of which she was cleared of all charges — cost the NPA R6.5m.
Breytenbach claimed that she was suspended by Jiba to stop her from prosecuting Mdluli.