Former Correctional Services Commissioner Linda Mti is among the suspects arrested by Hawks in connection with Bosasa. Erin Bates reports from the Specialised Commercial Crimes Court in Pretoria.
Editor's note: Initial reports suggested that seven people been arrested, but the Hawks confirmed that they had in fact arrested five.
JOHANNESBURG - Former Bosasa COO Angelo Agrizzi was among five people arrested by the Hawks on Wednesday for corruption, money laundering and fraud related to Bosasa contracts.
According to draft court papers, Patrick Gillingham and Andries van Tonder were also among those facing charges.
"It is alleged that the officials received and accepted gifts in the form of cash. They also allegedly received financial assistance in acquiring properties, acquiring motor vehicles from dealers, other assets and payments to travel agents for overseas travel", spokesman Hangwani Mulaudzi said in a statement.
He said a sixth person, who is overseas, has been informed that there is a warrant for his arrest.
"Another is in Port Elizabeth and efforts are underway to bring him back to Pretoria to face the charges."
They're expected to appear in the Pretoria Specialised Commercial Crimes Court later on Wednesday.
Justice & Correctional Services Minister Micheal Masutha said last week that the department was looking at ways to extricate themselves from all Bosasa contracts.
The Hawks spokesman confirmed the arrest of five people in connection with corruption and money laundering in relation to Bosasa.