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southafricalogoBusinessLive report that KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) prisons head Mnikelwa Nxele, who was implicated in state capture testimony by former Bosasa executive Angelo Agrizzi, has been suspended.  

Nxele was fingered by Agrizzi in an alleged plot to "place undue pressure" on former Department of Correctional Services (DCS) national commissioner Vernie Petersen in 2007.  He allegedly accepted bribes from the firm to the value of about R57,500 a month.  DCS spokesman Logan Maistry indicatedf that Nxele had been placed on “precautionary suspension”, but he stressed that “the process relating the precautionary suspension [of Nxele] commenced before testimony relating to the [department] before the state capture commission of inquiry.”  He said that it was the “culmination of a process that commenced early January 2019”.  Maistry added:  “As this matter relates to an employment relationship, the [department of correctional services] is unable to provide further details.”  The controversial prisons head was suspended previously after allegations of “gross insubordination” surfaced in 2016.  He challenged his suspension in court and was successfully reinstated in his post.

  • Read Jeff Wicks’ report on the above story in full at BusinessLive

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