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goldfieldsANA reports that Angelo Agrizzi, the former marketing co-coordinator of Bosasa Facilities Management, on Wednesday spilled the beans about the inner workings and political links of the controversial company.  

He told the commission of inquiry into allegations of state capture that he worked as a "right-hand man" for Bosasa's controversial chief executive, Gavin Watson, after joining Bosasa in 1999 while it was still Dyambu Holdings.  Among his claims, Agrizzi said Watson had used his political ties to win a lucrative catering contract for his company at Gold Fields in a shady manner.  Agrizzi said that Watson had first offered him a lucrative job with attractive perks after meeting him for the first time, and he immediately resigned from Dyambu's competitor, Molope Foods.  At the time, Agrizzi said he was busy finalising a contract between Molope, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and Gold Fields for the provision of catering services at the mine's hostels.  He went on to join Dyambu and helped Dyambu to steal the contract he was negotiating for Molope by persuading Gold Fields management to sign the contact with Dyambu.  Agrizzi said that he was present in meetings at Dyambu's offices where Watson allegedly paid money to the late Jackson Mafika at Kloof gold mine to secure support for the company.  Mafika was ANC chief whip at the Westonaria Municipality and the head of NUM in the area.  Agrizzi resigned from Bosasa in 2016.

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