How Zondo busted Dudu Myeni for taking Zuma’s R300,000 monthly cash

Toby Shapshak

When Bosasa executive Angelo Agrizzi told the Zondo Commission he saw his boss Gavin Watson give Dudu Myeni a bag stuffed with R300,000, the former SAA chair denied it.

Myeni, who is also the head of Zuma’s foundation, told the corruption inquiry “all funds received by the Jacob G Zuma Foundation were transferred by electronic transfer and not cash”.

For this reason, she said, the bag of cash could not have existed.

But the commission’s investigators proved Agrizzi’s allegations. They tracked down the many deposit slips that had a signature which looked very much like Myeni’s.

Zondo recommended that Myeni be investigated for her hand in the “industrial-scale corruption” committed by Bosasa.

From 2000 to 2016 the facilities management company won R2.3 billion worth of government tenders – especially with the prisons department.

Zondo’s report estimates it paid bribes of R75 million to politicians, government officials and fixers like Myeni, who Agrizzi testified was also infamously given a Louis Vuitton handbag containing R300,000 in cash.

Other evidence by Agrizzi, the former Bosasa chief operating officer, was also corroborated by the commission, including arguably the most damaging.

Agrizzi presented photographs of pages from a police docket that was part of a Hawks investigation into Bosasa – which was later confirmed to be missing by the NPA.

“Agrizzi’s affidavit refers to one afternoon (on a date he could not recall) that Watson asked him to attend a meeting with Myeni regarding information on the Hawks investigation and discussions she had with the NPA,” read the third part of the Zondo report.

Prior to the meeting, the report says that Watson prepared the R300,000 in cash.

“During this meeting, Myeni indicated that she was trying to arrange that the [Hawks’] investigation be terminated. She produced a police case docket that had purportedly been obtained from the NPA and insisted that Agrizzi could not make copies.”

Watson told her the case must “be put to bed and shut down”. Sure enough, the investigation was halted.

Agrizzi took the pages out and took pictures of them on the distinctive carpet.

Zondo investigator Frank Dutton, who died last year, corroborated the photographs were taken on that particular carpet. An affidavit was obtained from the hotel manager which also confirmed her stay.