Ex-MP Vincent Smith Faces More Criminal Charges

Former African National Congress (ANC) MP Vincent Smith was on Tuesday slapped with more criminal charges that included tax evasion and money laundering.

The defence team for Smith, who was initially only accused of taking bribes from BOSASA, requested the state to provide a paginated docket after receiving the final indictment with the additional charges.

Smith now faces additional charges of tax fraud, money laundering, corruption, and breach of the Financial Intelligence Centre Act.

The tax fraud charges stem from Smith and Euroblitz’s failure to disclose taxable income from 9 March 2009 and 11 July 2018, totaling R28 Million.

Smith stands accused in his personal capacity as well as representative capacity for his company Euroblitz 48 Pty Ltd.

He is charged with corruption for the alleged gratifications he received from BOSASA in the form of security upgrades to his Gauteng home.

Smith further faces corruption charges for allegedly accepting gratifications from Waterfall Golf Estate (Pty) Ltd and CLIDET 69 (PTY) LTD.

The former ANC MP also faces charges related to allegedly accepting cash transferred into his personal bank account and his company from BOSASA and other people unknown to the state.

In addition, Smith faces fraud charges for allegedly failing to disclose to Parliament’s Register of Members’ Interest of the gratifications, cash deposits and money that was paid to him by Waterfall Golf Estate (Pty) Ltd and CLIDET 69 (PTY) LTD.

The matter was, however, postponed to 21 January 2022.

Meanwhile, in a related development, Sindisiwe Seboka, National Prosecuting Authority Investigating Directorate spokesperson, said former BOSASA Chief Operations Officer Angelo Agrizzi failed to appear in court on Tuesday.

As a result, the Palm Ridge Specialised Crimes Court deferred Agrizzi’s R800 000 fraud case to 2 December 2021.

Agrizzi, who has failed to appear before the court for more than nine months, cites ill health as the reason he has failed to do so.

The court issued a warrant for his arrest, stayed until the next appearance next month.

The court, through the state’s request, will acquire the services of an independent physician/ pulmonologist to check if Agrizzi is well enough to attend court.

Agrizzi stands accused of offering gratification on behalf of BOSASA to Smith in exchange for his influence, as the then chairperson of Parliament’s oversight committee on Correctional Services.

BOSASA – which specialised in providing services to government most notably prison services, scored contracts totalling just over R1 billion from Correctional Services between 2004 and 2007.

ADDING FOUR MORE CHARGES: Sindisiwe Seboka NPA Investigating Directorate spokesperson comments on the new charges levelled at Ex-MP Vincent Smith