Agrizzi must apologise to me: ex-cop
'I have CCTV footage to prove my innocence,' says Solomon Segale, denying state capture security breach claim
The state capture commission is looking into a claim by a former police officer that he has been falsely accused of breaching security protocol while Angelo Agrizzi was testifying last week.
Solomon Segale, who is currently employed by African Global, formerly known as Bosasa, told Times Select he was shocked to hear his name mentioned at the commission of inquiry into state capture headed by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo.
Agrizzi, a former colleague, told the commission last Thursday he feared for his own safety after spotting Segale at the inquiry the day before.
But Segale claims he was at his office in Krugersdorp at the time.
“I’ve written to the commission to deny that I was there. I was in my office at the time he said I was there. I have proof that I was not in Parktown,” Segale told Times Select.
He said he had CCTV footage proving he was at his office at the time. However, the footage, seen by Times Select, only shows his car arriving in the morning about 6am and leaving the office in the late afternoon.
Agrizzi has denied misleading the commission, insisting "the truth will prevail".
Commission spokesperson Reverend Mbuyiselo Stemela confirmed it had received Segale's letter.
“The matter is under investigation by the South African Police Services (SAPS),” said Stemela.
Last week, the commission had to be adjourned early when Agrizzi raised the security concern. He said he had seen a former policeman, who was currently employed at Bosasa, in the vicinity of the commission’s Parktown venue.
Agrizzi said he did not want to say anything until “everything had been verified”. But he told Zondo that when he came back from his lunch break last Wednesday, Segale was standing outside with a group of policemen. They were in uniforms but he was in plain clothes.
Agrizzi told the commission he had done his own investigations and claimed he “had it confirmed that Segale slipped in using his old police identity card”.
He said he was concerned about threats to his life after he had spotted Segale.
Zondo immediately requested advocate Paul Pretorius, the head of the commission’s legal team, to investigate the matter and increase security measures around Agrizzi.
But Segale, who is currently a business risk development executive at African Global, said he had never sat down with Agrizzi and “I doubt if he would even recognise my face”.
"He dragged my name into that. He needs to publicly apologise on the same platform where he dragged my name on.”
Segale said he was getting advice from his lawyers on how to take the matter forward. “If all fails for him to apologise, I am taking advice of what option we can take legally to make sure that my demands are met by the commission and Agrizzi.”
Approached for comment, Agrizzi said in a written response: "As you are aware, the fact remains, I reported to state security agents what I saw as Mr Solomon Segale. The matter is under investigation by the relevant agencies who are responsible for my safety and the integrity of the commission.
"I deny the allegations made by Mr Segale and I am sure the truth will prevail.
"Further more you are aware of the rules in respect of the commission which I abide with completely.
"I trust that this clarifies matters and will gladly answer questions on my return from leave in the near future."
Agrizzi has been dropping bombshell evidence at the commission over the past seven days, exposing his former employer, Gavin Watson, with a video recording of him counting cash in a secret vault that was used to pay bribes to secure Bosasa tenders at government institutions.
Agrizzi has also testified that bribes were paid to National Prosecuting Authority officials to quash investigations against them, and that Watson had often met former president Jacob Zuma and told him what to do and who to appoint in key positions.
His testimony continues on Monday.