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Gillingham do Bosasa bosses: Mercedes Benz, please!



"Gavin called me and said," Frans, Patrick needs a new car. ""

"Gavin called me and said," Frans, it's better for you to catch Patrick, he needs a car for his wife. "

"Gavin called me and said," Patrick needed his car. "

One of the key people in Bosas, Frans Vorster, on Tuesday testified at the State Investigative Testing Commission for witnesses and immediately moved to the deep end of the generosity that Bosas gave to former chief financial officer Patrick Gillingham.

It seemed that Gillingham would only take the best of German engineering – Mercedes Benz, along with some cool, hard money.

However, for two of the three children, Volkswagen Polos would have to work, and VW Golf with all accessories was for his wife.

Gillingham's eldest son was not the recipient of a Bosas car, Vorster explained.

President of the Commission, Deputy Judge Raymond Zondo, noted at one point that "husband, wife and children were driving cars bought by Bosas".

At the heart of it was Vorster, who testified that he would call on CEO Bosas Gavin Watson to meet every Gillingham request.

Vorster discovered that Bosasin's relationship with Gillingham started long before the company achieved its first in-service offer.

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In fact, Gillingham in 2004 had convinced the repair department that outsourcing the hospitality contract is best practice and will save the bargaining department.

Bosasa won the 300m-euro tender, under the auspices of the then-national commission Linde Mti, who also allegedly received the bribe from the company in exchange for bidding.

"He (Gillingham) was basically the initiator of the process, and then Mti would approve it," Vorster said.

A key role for Gillingham in a scheme that has collected Bosas more than R2bn's repair services was well documented in the 2009 Special Investigation Unit (SIU) report.

The SIU report describes it as playing an "integral role".

But as Bosas first came to Gillingham, the mystery remained until Wednesday.

Vorster – whose late father also worked for Bosas and had a connection with Gillingham – was the key man who sold Gillingham's idea of ​​working with Krugersdorp.

Gavin Watson came to my office in Lindel [Repatriation Centre] 2003 and asked me to speak alone. He told me: "Reach to Patrick again, because he would like to submit an offer for a hospitality repair contract," Vorster said.

At that stage, DCS led kitchens in their premises and prisons within the company, and the idea of ​​outsourcing was not yet on the table.

Soon Vorster is called into the now insignificant vault at Bosas' main office, where he will be given the cash he had to give to Gillingham.

Vorster would pack the money in the envelope A4 to look like a document.

"I would meet with Patrick at a particular restaurant, mostly in the Pretoria or Centurion area, and we would talk about glasses and menus related to repair kits. I would put the envelope and return the data," he explained.

Amounts differed – between 5,000, 10,000 and 20,000.

Vorster described the relationship between Watson and Mti as "good and close", which "led to Gillingham being named in the procurement department" of the repair services by MTI.

MTI will later appoint Gillingham as Chief Financial Officer.

Shortly after Bosas made a kitchen contest in 2004, Vorster said Watson had instructed him to help Gillingham obtain the Mercedes Benz.

At that time Gillingham drove the old, golden Mercedes Benz E240, which had a large number of miles per hour and broken left front light. The store offered it a trade value of R89,000.

Bosasa bought a Gillingham car for R155 000, paid directly to his bank account, and then paid for the new Mercedes.

"We paid much more than it was," said Vorster.

The fate of the old Mercedes Benz was not revealed.

The following year, Vorster was again called to acquire Volkswagen Golf for Gillingham's wife.

"Gavin called me and said," Frans, it's better for you to catch Patrick, he needs a car for his wife. "

A year later, Gavin's call came again – this time Gillingham's son was supposed to be a car.

Bosasa also got VW Polo for her daughter, but Vorster said he was on leave when it was done.

Soon Gillingham needed a new Mercedes Benz, and Vorster once again did it.

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Throughout the whole period, he testified, Bosas would use a variety of tricks to hide the flow of money that was paid to various advocates.

"This was done so that if someone came to investigate, they would not be able to raise it. Internal auditors did not even pick it up."

Over the years, Bosasa also acquired the VW Touareg V8 for MTI and built luxury homes for MTI and Gillingham.

Vorster said that "open knowledge" was that Bosas financed building houses in Midstream for Gillingham and Savannah Hills for MTI, along with custom kitchens and luxurious furnishings.

These days, according to Agriazi, Gillingham drives the Mercedes GLA200 thanks to a company owned by Watson's Mark Taverner.

Vorster also testified that Watson in December 2015 had instructed him to "hire a cabriolet" for the daughter of Nomvul Mokonyana, the then minister of water.

When he could not afford a convertible, Bossa paid the Audi A3 rent.

During the SIU investigation, Vorster was also invited to destroy the evidence. Purchase files for VW Touarega for MTI received one employee in the store and burned the file.

"Who said that all this has to do? Who was that idea?" Ask Zondo at one point.

"It's the decision brought by Gavin, Angelo and I, crew at that stage," Vorster said.

The commission is expected to resume on Thursday.


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