Mantashe, Myeni and Mokonyane scored 'home upgrades' from Bosasa

31 January 2019 - 14:13
By Amil Umraw
ANC national chairperson Gwede Mantashe.
Image: Moeletsi Mabe ANC national chairperson Gwede Mantashe.

The state capture inquiry on Thursday heard how Nomvula Mokonyane, Gwede Mantashe and Dudu Myeni allegedly received upgrades to their properties from controversial prisons facilities company Bosasa.

The regional technical co-ordinator of Global Technology Systems (GTS), Richard le Roux, delivered explosive testimony detailing how he carried out upgrades to the homes of government officials at the instruction of Bosasa bosses Gavin Watson and Angelo Agrizzi.

GTS is a subsidiary of the Bosasa group.

Le Roux told the commission that work concerning ministers and high-ranking ANC officials was described as "special projects", and he would allocate code names to each beneficiary.

"I would be tasked to do a site survey to determine what was needed. I would come back, get the relevant quotes from suppliers, take that info to [Agrizzi]. He would go through it. I would then take that documentation to Jacques van Zyl and he would give me the cash to do the project. We would go to the site, I would be at every single site with the technicians," Le Roux said.

He said all the receipts, invoices and paperwork for special projects were handed to Agrizzi on completion of each project. Le Roux and his team used unbranded vehicles and wore plain clothes when carrying out the work.

Project Blouberg

Le Roux detailed the work done on Project Blouberg, a property belonging to environment affairs minister Nomvula Mokonyane in Krugersdorp. He said upgrades were done to the property in 2013 and Bosasa carried out regular maintenance up to 2017.

"We did the electric fence, the CCTV system, the generator, the distribution board, the pool pump and we also had to do a garden clean-up," Le Roux said.

"What we had done was we got the electric fence working first. Then we tackled the CCTV side of things. I had to get an independent electrician to sort out the generator. We replaced the distribution board in the swimming pool area ... The garden clean-up was once-off."

Project Mantashe

Bosasa allegedly carried out the security upgrades at three properties belonging to mining minister Gwede Mantashe under the code name "Project Mantashe".

Le Roux said the properties were in Boksburg, and Elliot and Cala in the Eastern Cape.

"In Boksburg, the only thing we had done there were the CCTV cameras and the perimeter lighting. We installed new cameras and perimeter lighting …The Elliot installation was an IP camera system and perimeter lighting. At Cala, it was exactly the same installation as at Elliot," Le Roux said.

He estimated the cost for the project was about R300,000.

Le Roux also detailed upgrades to former SA Airways boss Dudu Myeni's Richards Bay property.

He said an electric fence, CCTV system and an alarm system were installed over about three to four weeks. He estimated the value of the upgrades at R250,000.