REPORTS: AGRIZZI OFFERED BRIBE TO SHUT UP

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REPORTS: AGRIZZI OFFERED BRIBE TO SHUT UP

Bosasa CEO Gavin Watson reportedly offered his former colleague Angelo Agrizzi millions to prevent him from reporting the company’s alleged corruption.Sunday Times and City Press reported that the offer involved paying Agrizzi a R250 000 per month consultancy fee, and the establishment of a new company which would receive R10 million per year for six years. A R5 million “good faith” payment would reportedly be made to Agrizzi too.According to the reports, Watson made the offer to Agrizzi after the former Bosasa executive told journalists he intended to expose the company’s alleged wrongdoing. Agrizzi reportedly said Bosasa and Watson had made several attempts to lure him back to the company after his resignation.Text messages also reportedly reveal the extent of the breakdown in the relationship between Watson and Agrizzi. They also reportedly show the extent of the pressure put on Agrizzi by the Watson family to sign the agreement.Agrizzi reportedly replied that he did not want to be involved with the kind of people the Watsons associated with. He said the issue was now “too dirty” and that “Christ” would not want him to associate with them.The proposal is reportedly contained in an email sent by Bosasa lawyer Brian Biebuyck to Agrizzi in September. Bosasa spokesman Papa Leshabane said the proposal did not come from the company or from Watson. – NEWS24

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