The NPA, in response to questions from Daily Maverick, confirmed that Jacky Lepinka was suspended on Monday – making her one of the first casualties of damning testimony emanating from the State Capture inquiry.
The one-time PA of suspended deputy national director of public prosecutions, Nomgcobo Jiba – and before that, an assistant to former Correctional Services Commissioner, Linda Mti – stands accused of feeding confidential internal documents to Bosasa over the course of several years.
Lepinka was implicated by former Bosasa COO, Angelo Agrizzi, who in January told the State Capture inquiry that she was part of an NPA trio allegedly paid R130,000 in total each month to help extract information from the institution.
WATCH: Gavin Watson belittles Bosasa staff, talks of his tender 'networks'
A new video clip has provided a rare glimpse of elusive and infamous Bosasa boss Gavin Watson in action, berating his staff for mistakes that nearly led to the company losing an R800m tender.
Watson, who has run Bosasa since 1999, does not lead a public life. He shot to infamy in January as a result of damning testimony of grand corruption by former Bosasa chief operations officer Angelo Agrizzi before the Zondo commission of inquiry into state capture.
In the video, he can be heard talking about how he and politically connected fixer for Bosasa Sesinyi Seopela "work in the night, trying to get tenders over the weekend" and speaks of tender "networks" the company ran.
During Agrizzi's testimony, Watson was painted as the key figure in a nearly two-decade-long scheme that involved paying numerous bribes to government officials and political leaders in exchange for lucrative government contracts.
Data from National Treasury shows that between 2004 and 2019, Bosasa netted an estimated R12bn from numerous state departments, a conservative calculation that is likely to increase.
Seopela, who is known as "Commander" in Bosasa circles, emerged as a key figure with strong political connections who was able to open doors to political leaders for the company.
Seopela has previously been approached to comment on these claims and his role at Bosasa, but did not respond.
The video, shot during a staff "imbizo" in March 2017 at Silverstar Casino in Krugersdorp, captures Watson belittling staff.
Tears and sarcasm
He takes his "tender office" to task for mistakes in documents that nearly cost the company a lucrative contract.
At one point he tells Gina Peters, a 17-year veteran of the Bosasa trenches, not to cry.
Watson, in a sarcastic manner, berates Bosasa accounts department staff member Jacques van Zyl.
"Jacques complains that he couldn't do the tenders, because there are so many tenders," Watson says.
A team of South African Revenue Service officials arrived at Bosasa's head office shortly after noon on Friday to confiscate documents and computers.
News24 was present when a convoy of unmarked cars entered the premises.
It is understood that the taxman's newly established Illicit Economy Unit was leading the operation. The unit was given permission to confiscate the material by liquidator Cloete Murray.
A SARS spokesperson said that operations such as this one were confidential.
Earlier on Friday, a meeting was held to inform staff of the way forward.
JOHANNESBURG - Cloete Murray, a liquidator at African Global Operations has confirmed to Eyewitness News that the powers of the company’s directors have been suspended.
The executives of the company, previously known as Bosasa, have had their authority put on halt in terms of the provisions of the Companies Act.
This comes while a process to sell the company gets underway.
South African Revenue Service (Sars) officials were also at the firm’s head offices in Krugersdorp to confiscate documents and computers on Friday.
The controversial firm announced this week that it was undertaking voluntary liquidation after being strongly implicated in allegations of corruption and bribery by its former COO Angelo Agrizzi at the state capture commission.
Earlier on Friday, workers were locked out of their offices while liquidators met with management before briefing employees about their future at the company.
General secretary of union Financial Sector and Allied Workers Union of South Africa (Fawusa) Mike Moagi says they’ve agreed to meet with the liquidator next week.
A company falling under the umbrella of controversial state contractor Bosasa has had its contract with the state capture commission terminated and been ordered to remove its equipment from the premises of the commission.
This following a City Press article in July 2018 that showed that the company – GTS‚ a Bosasa subsidiary – had been contracted by the justice and constitutional development department to provide security services to the commission.
This appointment came despite years of allegations against Bosasa in various media – with the allegations later playing out in dramatic fashion from January when former company bosses testified at the state capture commission. The article also questioned whether proper procedures had been followed in making the appointment.
In a statement on Friday evening - which was released "at the instance" of the commission’s chair‚ deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo – it was confirmed that GTS was immediately "no longer providing any services to the commission and was asked to remove its equipment from the premises of the commission".
The announcement came the same day as the SA Revenue Service pounced on Bosasa's headquarters. The company - now known as Africa Global Operations - has gone into liquidation.