Correctional officer exonerated for supporting Agrizzi on Facebook

- | 3 months ago

The department of correctional services stated in an employee’s disciplinary hearing that the testimony by former Bosasa chief operating officer Angelo Agrizzi before the state capture commission do not amount to evidence of any wrongdoing until it was tested.

The hearing concerns a case of misconduct that was opened by the department of correctional services against one of its senior officers, director of corporate services Themba Magagula, who was charged for allegedly backing Agrizzi’s revelations to the commission on Facebook. But in a scathing judgment last Monday, the chairperson of the disciplinary hearing, advocate Mojalefa Molotsi, dismissed the charges against Magagula, saying the department’s “argument loses sight of the fact that Agrizzi’s testimony was accompanied by video footage of money being packaged and exchanged with beneficiaries”.

“Whether the Agrizzi story might prove to be false or not is not the question; rather, [the issue] is what he [Magagula] said was said within the public domain, thus inviting comments, condemnation or commendation from the public,” said Molotsi in a copy of the ruling that City Press has seen.

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