Zondo commission to issue Patrick Gillingham with summons to appear

Former correctional services chief financial officer Patrick Gillingham will be issued to with a summons to appear before the judicial commission of inquiry into state capture, it said on Tuesday.

Gillingham was scheduled to appear before the commission chaired by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo on Wednesday.

The commission said it had served him with a notice to appear before it.

“However, despite the commission’s efforts to obtain an undertaking from Mr Gillingham that he will appear before it tomorrow, he has failed to make contact with the commission and give the undertaking,” its spokesperson, Reverend Mbuyiselo Stemela, added in a statement.

He said Gillingham had been served with a notice of the hearing and not a summons – and Zondo had therefore decided a summons would be served on him for a date yet to be determined.


“If a summons, as opposed to a notice, is served on Mr Gillingham, he will be obliged to appear before the commission on the date that will appear on the summons,” said Stemela.

The commission has since halted proceedings for Wednesday and Thursday.

Meanwhile, ANC chairperson and Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe was also scheduled to give evidence and cross-examine former Bosasa chief operating officer Angelo Agrizzi on Thursday.

Mantashe is, however, currently in hospital after contracting Covid-19.

The commission said a new date would be determined in due course for his appearance.

In March 2019, Agrizzi testified before the commission that R2.2 million was paid by the facilities management company towards Gillingham’s divorce settlement, News24 reported.

Agrizzi testified the late Bosasa CEO, Gavin Watson, had told him to take care of Gillingham’s wife because “hell hath no fury like a woman scorned”.

He also told the commission when Gillingham was suspended and ultimately resigned, Bosasa paid him R110,000 per month.

Agrizzi also testified security upgrades at three homes belonging to Mantashe were estimated to have cost R650,000.

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