Thabang Makwetla, the former deputy minister of justice and correctional services, has questioned why he was implicated in the Zondo committee, claiming he had no role in state capture. Makwetla made his debut on Monday.
Former Bosasa employee Richard Le Roux's testimony in 2019 revealed his name. Several high-ranking government officials were named by Le Roux. Former Bosasa COO Angelo Agrizzi tasked him with installing security upgrades to the individuals' residences, he said.
Makwetla, according to Le Roux, had comprehensive security enhancements worth thousands of rand. Makwetla said in a prior appearance that he had hired former Bosasa CEO Gavin Watson to do installations at his residence. He said he needed his security fencing erected and his house alarm system repaired after damage during renovations, and that he had requested Watson for an estimate but had not given the job the green light.
When the installations were completed in 2015, he was startled because Watson had never mentioned them. Makwetla then admitted that he paid R25,000 for the security enhancements. He disputed that asking Watson — a guy whose company had been awarded contracts by the Department of Correctional Services – was a conflict of interest.
Makwetla acknowledged the difficulties raised by Watson's plea, but questioned his appearance and implication at the commission.
He claimed that he had not yet been assigned to the ministry when the allegations against Bosasa and the Special Investigating Unit probe were made. In 2014, he was appointed.
"I'm truly engrossed in something that has nothing to do with me," says the narrator.
The inquiry's chair, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, stated to him that, despite the fact that he had not been mentioned in any state capture or corruption cases, his appeal to Watson merited examination.
Bosasa was suspected of corruption in getting government contracts from the Department of Correctional Services, according to Zondo.
He added there were doubts about why Bosasa was still getting government contracts despite being accused of wrongdoing.
Makwetla responded that he acknowledged the cloud generated by his decision to request Watson's assistance, but that he had not abused his position in the ministry.
"I am innocent of any wrongdoing and did not have any influence over anyone in the Department of Correctional Services," she said.
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