Former Bosasa Chief Operations Officer (COO) Angelo Agrizzi, who has been battling severe health complications in hospital for several days now, suffered a heart attack on Wednesday 21 October 2020. Early on Wednesday, Agrizzi’s lawy...
Former Bosasa Chief Operations Officer (COO) Angelo Agrizzi, who has been battling severe health complications in hospital for several days now, suffered a heart attack on Wednesday 21 October 2020.
Early on Wednesday, Agrizzi’s lawyer Daniel Witz said there were no changes to his health and that his condition remained extremely serious.
Agrizzi was recently arrested for alleged corrupt dealings alongside African National Congress (ANC) MP Vincent Smith and spent one night in prison cells after he was denied bail based on the fact that he was at flight risk. Following one night in prison last week, Agrizzi was rushed to hospital on account of breathing problems.
Witz said his bail appeal would be argued on Monday 26 October at the Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court.
AGRIZZI SUFFERS HEART ATTACK AFTER BEING MOVED TO PRIVATE HOSPITAL
Witz confirmed to The South African on Thursday that Agrizzi indeed suffered a heart attack on Wednesday. He said he couldn’t confirm the time but said doctors had to resuscitate him and eventually managed to stabilise him.
Witz said his condition still remains extremely serious.
When asked what would happen regarding Agrizzi’s bail appeal scheduled for Monday, Witz said they would still argue that bail should be granted so that Agrizzi may be given the time to fully recover from his illness without being imprisoned.
When The South African contacted Witz on Friday 16 October, he said he was “stable but under observation” in a public hospital after receiving a negative COVID-19 test result.
“As he is a ward of the state, having been denied bail, he has to attend a public hospital,” he said.
On Monday 19 October, just three days later, Witz said Agrizzi had been moved to a private hospital in Johannesburg on account of his worsening condition. According to Witz, correctional services also confirmed the move as there was a recommendation from Agrizzi’s doctor, as well as a request from his family.
BOSASA AND CORRECTIONAL SERVICES CASE POSTPONED TO NOVEMBER
The Pretoria Specialised Commercial Crimes Court postponed the R1.8 billion Department of Correctional Services (DCS) tender fraud matter involving Bosasa to 26 November 2020.
“This is to give the defense an opportunity for full disclosures of the case docket. The accused are former (DCS) Commissioner, Linda Mti; former DCS Chief Financial Officer, Patrick Gillingham; former Bosasa Chief Financial Officer, Andries Van Tonder, and former Chief Operations Officer Angelo Agrizzi,” said Investigating Directorate Spokesperson Sindisiwe Twala.
The case was postponed in Agrizzis’ absentia and the court was notified that he had been admitted to the hospital.