CFOs at heart of Bosasa corruption case arrested

Andries van Tonder and Patrick Gillingham have been arrested on charges of corruption and fraud.

On Tuesday, seven people were arrested on charges of corruption and fraud in government tenders amounting to R1.6 billion. Among these were former Bosasa CFO Andries van Tonder and former correctional services CFO Patrick Gillingham. Whistleblower and former Bosasa COO Angelo Agrizzi was also arrested. 

Angelo Agrizzi, Andries van Tonder, Frans Voster, Carlos Bonaficio and Patrick Gillingham, along with two others, appeared at Pretoria’s Specialised Commercial Crime Court on charge of corruption, fraud and money laundering linked to the alleged corrupt awarding of tenders worth R1.6 billion by the department of correctional services to Bosasa. 

Five of the arrested have been granted R20,000 bail each on condition they forfeit their travel documents. 

NPA spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwane said: 

“The only condition at this stage is that they hand over their travelling documents to the state, which will simply imply that whenever they need to use such documents, they must do it in writing [and] inform the investigating officer, and then get permission to use such travelling documents. But immediately after use, they must be handed back to the state.”

The case was postponed to 27 March. 

One of the suspects is overseas and has been informed that there is a warrant for his arrest, while another is in Port Elizabeth and efforts are underway to take him back to Pretoria to face the charges. 

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