Former South African president Jacob Zuma , who was forced to resign last year under a cloud of corruption scandals , allegedly accepted monthly bribes from a security firm , according to a witness at a judicial inquiry .
Angelo Agrizzi , ex – chief operating officer of the Bosasa contracting company , has given days of bombshell testimony to the Zondo commission probing allegations of government corruption under Zuma .
Agrizzi said Bosasa made monthly payments of some 300 , 000 rand (around 1 , 900 euros , $ 2 , 200 ) to the Jacob Zuma foundation .
The money , hidden in a luxury bag , was received through foundation president Dudu Myeni , the former chair of South African Airways , Agrizzi alleged .
Agrizzi said on one occasion the Bosasa CEO at the time , Gavin Watson also went to Zuma ’ s private home and “ personally brought ” him the money .
“ He ( Watson) said he personally delivered it to Jacob Zuma , put the bag next to him … and asked him the question : ‘ Does Dudu give you your money every month?’ And the answer was ‘ Yes ’ , ” Agrizzi said .
The commission headed by Judge Ray Zondo is investigating a web of murky deals involving government officials , the wealthy Gupta family and state- owned entities during the Zuma ’ s nine – year reign .
In exchange for the payments , Agrizzi said Bosasa — renamed African Global Operations in 2017 — was looking to halt a police inquiry into suspicions that the company used illicit methods to obtain public contracts.
Agrizzi last week told the commission that he had supplied an array of services for high – profile members of Zuma ’ s government and the ruling African National Congress .
The current minister of environmental affairs Nomvula Mokonyane , who served as Zuma ’ s minister of water and sanitation between 2014 and 2018 , got 50, 000 rands in cash monthly , according to Agrizzi .
The people accused will have a chance to appear before the commission at a later date .