No date yet for bail appeal as Angelo Agrizzi spends fifth day in hospital

Ernest Mabuza Journalist
Corruption accused Angelo Agrizzi spent his fifth day in Chris Hani Baragwanat hospital on Monday. File image.
Corruption accused Angelo Agrizzi spent his fifth day in Chris Hani Baragwanat hospital on Monday. File image.
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Lawyers for former Bosasa COO Angelo Agrizzi were on Monday still waiting to hear from the high court in Johannesburg when his bail appeal will be heard.

Agrizzi entered his fifth day in hospital on Monday after being admitted last Thursday. He had been denied bail in the Palm Ridge magistrate's court the day before, when he was charged with corruption.

In that case, Agrizzi was formally joined in the case with his co-accused, former ANC MP Vincent Smith, who is charged with corruption and fraud.

The corruption charge relates to gratifications Agrizzi allegedly gave to Smith in exchange for the use of the MP's political influence to shield Bosasa from accountability for corrupting correctional services department officials who awarded contracts worth billions to Bosasa.

A day after the court denied bail to Agrizzi, his lawyers filed an application with the high court in Johannesburg to appeal the decision by magistrate Phillip Venter.

Agrizzi's lawyer Daniel Witz said on Monday the legal team was waiting to hear from the court when the bail appeal will be heard.

Witz said Agrizzi remained in hospital on Monday, and the legal team was awaiting details about his condition from the medical team at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital.

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Four former officials at the Gauteng department of health made their first appearance in the Palm Ridge magistrate's court. Their case relates to allegations contained in a SIU report from 2018 which shows alleged financial misconduct and corruption that cost the department more than R1.2bn between 2006 and 2010.

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