There isn’t much that most South Africans didn’t already know about the Bosasa scandal involving the late Gavin Watson, but the Zondo Commission latest discoveries only compounds the total capture of the state during Zuma’s presidency. We tend to think Gupta bothers when it comes to state capture, but our own local Watsons – whose exploits in rugby and township coaching back in the day won them a place in the hearts of the ANC – have built a business model based on corruption and inside knowledge. The scourge of all honest pilots and leaders who tried in vain to keep SAA in the air, Dudu Myeni took Louis Vuitton handbags full of cash from the Watsons, ostensibly for the Jacob Zuma Foundation which she presided over. Corruption was “central” to Bosasa’s business model, the commission found. the FinancialTimes The report reminds the world that not only have ANC ringleaders robbed the tax man indiscriminately to enrich a small internal elite (not to mention several global conniving corporations), but that millions in ‘cash for favors’ have been initiated by locals. –Chris Bateman
Judicial inquiry in South Africa points to ‘widespread corruption’ under Zuma
By Joseph Cotterill
A South African logistics group has won lucrative public contracts from Jacob Zuma’s government through ‘widespread corruption’ and bags of money, according to the latest report of a judicial inquiry into state looting under the country’s former president.
Zuma breached the South African Constitution by facilitating deals with Bosasa, a now-defunct provider of prisons, schools and other services who had close ties to the ruling African National Congress for several years, the report says. Tuesday.
“Corruption was at the heart of Bosasa’s business model,” the report said, after examining testimony from a former senior Bosasa executive turned whistleblower. “It all came down to corruption.”
The inquiry reported to President Cyril Ramaphosa this year after years of hearings that focused primarily on South Africa’s most significant post-apartheid corruption scandal; claims that Zuma allowed the Guptas – three Indian-born brothers – to control public resources before stepping down from power in 2018.
Zuma’s repeated refusal to be subpoenaed to testify at the inquest landed him briefly in jail last year, sparking the worst public violence in South Africa since the end of apartheid. The Guptas, who left South Africa when Zuma lost power, deny wrongdoing.
The inquiry also looked at Bosasa as another grim example of so-called state capture and rot within the ANC, as it heard evidence including a video of corporate executives stuffing bags with money from a safe for bribes. Ramaphosa said he would respond to the findings of the investigation later this year, after his final report is released.
But the findings of the inquiry into Bosasa will add to a picture of rampant corruption within the ANC, as it prepares for a major party meeting at the end of 2022 where Ramaphosa faces re-election as leader. of the ANC.
The report said Bosasa executives piled cash into a Louis Vuitton handbag to give to Dudu Myeni, a close friend of Zuma and chairman of his charitable foundation. The company also funded lavish birthday celebrations for Zuma, he added.
“It is established, with respect to Ms. Myeni, that there were attempts made by inducements and gains to influence her both, as President of the Jacob Zuma Foundation … and through her, Mr. Zuma,” the report said.
Myeni has always denied wrongdoing, as has Zuma. The former president is appealing against a return to prison after a court overturned his medical parole last year.
ANC public officials and politicians are also set to be investigated for falling under the influence of Bosasa, which has provided an electoral war room for the party that has ruled South Africa since 1994. said the survey.
Bosasa was led by Gavin Watson, a scion of an Eastern Cape family, who defied apartheid sports segregation to play rugby in black townships and joined the ANC.
The company changed its name to African Global Operations to escape the corruption scandal surrounding it, but eventually filed for liquidation in 2019. Watson died in a car accident that year.
“The Watson family’s long history with the ANC would have meant that they were well tuned to the best place, within the ANC and government, where there was the greatest opportunity to generate influence,” the report said.
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