In the grip of Angelo Agrizzi for the past three weeks, I have found myself agonising about money. Specifically, how I would spend the loot that Agrizzi alleges he and his former colleagues at African Global Operations have been dishing out for more than 10 years to favoured politicians and officials. This week he told the Zondo commission that Bosasa, as African Global Operations used to be known, has been paying hundreds of thousands of rand every month to about 40 people, including Jacob Zuma, former SAA chair Dudu Myeni, communications minister Nomvula Mokonyane and deputy national director of public prosecutions (NDPP) Nomgcobo Jiba. Zuma received an initial instalment of R300,000, stuffed in a Louis Vuitton bag that was handed over to Myeni. So let’s gloss over the question of whether anyone should accept the bribes in the first place, and imagine that I’m now a corrupt politician or official who is being paid by thugs to help them steal as much money as they possibly can from...

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