This is Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe’s response to a written parliamentary question from EFF MP Yoliswa Yako.
Yako asked if Mantashe was informed that former Bosasa COO Angelo Agrizzi implicated him in “testimony made under oath and in written documents” before the Zondo commission into state capture.
“If so, were the allegations made by Mr Agrizzi in respect of him true?” Yako asked.
She also asked if he declared any material gifts received from Bosasa.
“Mr Agrizzi did not mention (sic) my name once in nine days in the commission. Since appointed minister, I have had no dealings with Bosasa,” was Mantashe’s full, terse response.
While he might not have been mentioned in Agrizzi’s explosive testimony before the commission, his name cropped up in relation to Bosasa, which has been renamed African Global Operations (AGO).
Bosasa employee Richard le Roux testified before the commission that he had managed a team of technicians who worked on “Special Projects” which entailed him crisscrossing the country to install security systems at the homes of government officials, including Mantashe, at the behest of Bosasa CEO Gavin Watson, Agrizzi and other Bosasa directors.
According to Le Roux, the value of the work at all three of Mantashe’s properties was R300 000.
Mantashe did not deny or confirm that the pictures were of his home in Cala when he was approached for comment at the time, but rather accused News24 of “running a parallel propaganda project”.
It was first reported in September 2018 that Mantashe was among the ANC members who benefited from Bosasa’s largesse in the form of security equipment.
President Cyril Ramaphosa appointed him to Cabinet in February 2018. He is number three on the ANC’s list for the coming national election.