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Gillingham to the head of Bosasa: Mercedes Benz, please!

"Gavin phoned me and said:" France, Patrick needs a new car. ""

"Gavin phoned me and said:" France, it's better to keep Patrick, he needs a car for his wife. ""

"Gavin called me and said:" Patrick needed a car for his son. ""

One of the key men in Bosasa, Franc Worster, took the witness to the state investigative commission on Tuesday and immediately worked at the deep end of the great Bosasa, which was given to former Financial Director of the repair service, Patrick Gillingham.

Gillingham, it appears, will not do anything but the best of German engineering – Mercedes Benz, together with some cold, heavy money.

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

The eldest son of Gillingham was not a consignee of a Bosasa car, explained Foster.

Commission chairman, deputy justice chief Raymond Zondo, noted at one stage that "the husband, wife and children were driving cars bought from Bosasa".

At the center of this was Foster, who testified that he would be summoned by Bosasa CEO Gavin Watson to meet every request of Gillingham.

Warster revealed that Bosasa's relationship with Gillingham started well before the company got its first lucrative tender from corrective services.

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In fact, Gillingham convinced the top brass in the repair department in 2004 that outsourcing the catering deal would be best practice and save individual money packages.

Bosasa won the R300m tender, under the supervision of then national commissioner Linda Mati, who also allegedly accepted bribes from the company in exchange for tenders.

"He (Gillingham) was basically a driver of the process, and then Mr. Mathi will approve it," Warward said.

The main role of Gillingham in the scheme for which Bosasa has collected more than R2bn in the value of tender bargaining services is well documented in the Special Investigation Report (SIU) finalized in 2009.

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

But, as Bossas first touched Gillingham, she was happy until Wednesday.

Worster – whose late father also worked for Bossas and had a relationship with Gillingham – was the key guy who sold Gillingham about the idea of ​​working with the company Kruegersdorp.

"Gavin Watson came to my office in Lindela [Repatriation Centre] in 2003 and asked me to speak to me alone. He told me: "Retire for Patrick again, because I would like to submit a bid for a catering deal for corrective services," Warr said.

At that stage, the DCC led kitchens in its facilities and closed the house, and the idea of ​​outsourcing was still not at the table.

Soon, Warster was summoned to the now unknown vault in the main office of Bossas, where he would be handed over the money that was to be given to Gillingham.

Worster will then pack it in a carpet A4 so that it looks like documents.

"I will meet Patrick at a restaurant, most often in the Pretoria or Centurion area, and we will discuss the kitchen specifications and menus of the correctional services. I will deliver the envelope and share the information," he explained.

The amounts are different – between R5 000, R10 000 and R20 000.

Worster described the relationship between Watson and Mity as "good and close," which "led Gillingham to be appointed to split the procurement" of the correctional services from MTI.

Mtie will later appoint Gillingham as Chief Financial Officer.

Shortly after Bosasa scored the tender for kitchens in 2004, Warster said Watson ordered him to help Gillingham buy Mercedes Benz.

At that time, Gillingham drove an exploited, old gold Mercedes Benz E240, which had many miles of clock and a broken left-handed light. The dealer offered him a trading value of R89 000.

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

"We paid much more than it was worth," Warward said.

The fate of the old Mercedes Benz was not revealed.

The following year, Foster was again called to buy Volkswagen Golf for his wife Gillingham.

"Gavin phoned me and said:" France, it's better to keep Patrick, he needs a car for his wife. ""

A year later, Gavin's call came again – this time the son of Gillingham needed a car.

Bosasa also acquired VW Polo for his daughter, but Foster said he was on vacation when it was done.

Soon, Gillingham needed a new Mercedes Benz and Vorster, once again, to make it happen.

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Throughout the year, he testified, Bosasa would employ various tricks to hide the flow of cash paid to different dealers.

"This was done so that if someone came to investigate, they could not take it. Internal auditors did not even take it."

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

Warster said it was "open knowledge" that Bosasa financed the construction of homes in Midstream for Gillingham and Savannah Hills for MTI, complete with its own kitchens and luxury furniture.

Today, according to Agrizi, Gillingham rides Mercedes GLA200 of the courtesy of a company owned by Watson's brother, Mark Taverner.

Warster also testified as Watson ordered him to "hire a cabriolet" for the daughter of Novula Mokonane, then Minister of Water Affairs, in December 2015.

When the convertible could not be found, Bosasa paid for renting the Audi A3.

During the SIU investigation, Warster was also called to destroy evidence. He received the VW Touareg's purchase dossier for an MTI from an employee in the dealership and burned the dossier.

"Who said that all this must be done? Whose idea was that?" Zodon asked at one point.

"It was a decision taken by Gavin, Angelo and myself, a team at that stage," said Worster.

The commission is expected to continue on Thursday.

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