Johannesburg – Nomvula Mokonyane, Environment Minister, facilitated the use of part of the Bosassa call center for the West Rand ANC for the general election campaign in 2014, and sent a state rescue commission on Wednesday.
Former manager and buyer of Bosas – Frans Vorster – has detailed how CEO Gavin Watson has insisted that Mokonyane be a priority and needs met by a company now known as African Global Operations.
At that time Mokonyane was the chairman of Gauteng. Permanent supporter of former President Jacob Zuma, Mokonyane was in the provincial canton from May 2009 until May 20, 2014, after which she was appointed Minister of Water and Sanitation. Mokonyane was "very important to Bosa's leadership," said Vorster.
"She told me she has important political ties, both in [former president Thabo] Éry Mbeki and Jacob Zuma. We were instructed to lose everything when she came to Mokonyane … Probably she opened the door for Watson, because everything we wanted we jumped and let go of everything to attend the minister and her family, "said Vorster.
In 2014, representatives of Joe Gumede, Papa Leshabane and Watson asked Vorster to prepare an unused portion of the Bosas call center for use by the ANC members.
"We were instructed to prepare the ANC to run a call center for general elections." Our IT department has created computers, desks, and telephone lines for ANC, with about 20 to 25 people coming to it. personally controlled this process, "said Vorster.
Kwwerano Financial Services, a subsidiary of Bosasa, has started an account for the use of the ANC call center, including three meals a day for two weeks, Vorster said.
After the election, a huge marquee was built on the Bosass parking lot, celebrating the ANC's poll victory.
"After the elections, the ANC was not immediately released, which was dealt with by Alistair Gavin, the general manager of the Bosas Office Park, that was a function for about 400 people," he said.
Vorster confirmed the testimony of former Operation Officer Angelo Agrizzi that the company was also asked several times to hire vehicles for the daughter of Mokonyan. Vorster said he had received a call from Watson to rent a cabriolet for his daughter in December from the end of 2015.
"I should have rented a car in my name … so it was impossible to trace it to Mokonyan's daughter, I pretended to drive a vehicle … it was the mission to find a cabriolet, and I informed Watson and asked if you could instead of buying a luxury car, so we hired the Audi A3. I added the vehicle to the Nomvula Mokonyane home in Krugersdorp, "he said.
When it was time to return the vehicle, Mokonyane's daughter asked for an extension until January 2016, which was granted. When the vehicle was finally returned after January, Vorster said he realized he was damaged in the back. Watson was upset when he informed him, Vorster said.
"I filled out the form at the vehicle rental agency and said that I had hit the vehicle when I tried to reverse it. The cost of the extended car hire plus the excess to repair the damage was very high, almost R100,000.
African News Agency (ANA)