Hawks swoop on Agrizzi as Bosasa raid starts
Gillingham and Van Tonder arrested too as Mti is urged to surrender
Linda Mti, former correctional services national commissioner, was believed to be in Port Elizabeth preparing to hand himself over to the Hawks on Wednesday.
Mti was conspicuously absent from the first court appearance of those charged with corruption at the facilities management company Bosasa.
Earlier, the Hawks arrested Bosasa whistleblower Angelo Agrizzi, former correctional services CFO Patrick Gillingham and former Bosasa CFO Andries van Tonder.
Mti, who at one stage was also Nelson Mandela Bay’s head of safety and security, did not appear with his co-accused.
While the graft-accused Bosasa bosses were receiving phone calls instructing them to surrender in Pretoria, some 1,000km away in Port Elizabeth, Hawks officers were digging up a now-defunct SeaArk prawn farm in Coega.
The calls – made by officials from the Serious Economic Offences Unit – appear to have been specifically orchestrated to take place at the same time as the dig, according to a Hawks source.
“The suspects were ordered to hand themselves over within 24 hours. As those calls were being made, other officers were at the [dig] site.
“It’s not the only place that is being searched. The evidence that has been given at the commission has been noted and it’s being acted on,” a Hawks source said.
“Evidence has been gathered with a lot pointing to senior government officials.
“There is a mountain of very interesting documents, including bank and travel records, which have been recovered.”..