Nomgcobo Jiba denies Agrizzi’s Bosasa bribe allegation
Suspended deputy National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) boss Nomgcobo Jiba has denied that she was ever paid bribes by fallen facilities management company Bosasa.
On Thursday, Jiba gave evidence before the Mokgoro inquiry, which is looking into her fitness to hold office as the deputy national director of public prosecutions (NDPP).
She refuted allegations made to the commission of inquiry into state capture by former Bosasa COO Angelo Agrizzi that her, her suspended colleague Lawrence Mrwebi, and her then secretary Jackie Lephinka were paid by Bosasa.
Agrizzi was expected to testify before the inquiry, but decided not to after he was criminally charged earlier in February. He had alleged that Jiba was paid R100,000, but she said she only gets a salary from the NPA.
Agrizzi testified in January that during 2009 and 2010, he and Bosasa CEO Gavin Watson met former correctional services commissioner Linda Mti to discuss the investigation into the company.
“Mti suggested we needed to sort out certain individuals in the NPA so that we could curry favour, so that they could assist us … He told us we need to make up packages for certain people,” Agrizzi said at the time. He named the people as Jiba, Mrwebi and Lephinka.
Agrizzi said the three provided Mti with details of the status of the investigation into Bosasa and, in return, they would receive cash on a monthly basis.
Bosasa, which has been renamed African Global Operations, has applied for voluntary liquidation after the banks closed their accounts.
“Firstly, I want to state for the record, I have never been paid any sum of R100,000 by Mr Agrizzi, by Mr Mti, by Mr Watson and all of those names which are mentioned there,” Jiba said on Thursday. She said got briefed on the case, together with others, when she was acting NPA boss.
Retired Constitutional Court justice Yvonne Mokgoro, who is heading up the inquiry against Jiba, asked her if she had responded to the allegations before the Zondo commission. Jiba replied that her attorney has written to the inquiry.
On Wednesday, Mrwebi also denied that he received a R10,000 bribe from Bosasa.