Analysis  >  Friday Briefing: Gavin Watson and the violent death of a state capture don

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Gavin Watson and the violent death of a state capture don

The dramatic and shocking events of Monday with Bosasa supremo Gavin Watson's untimely and violent death gave the whole sordid saga around the controversial Krugersdorp company its most unexpected twist yet.

Earlier this year South Africans were transfixed as former Bosasa executive and Watson right-hand man Angelo Agrizzi gave equally shocking testimony to the judicial commission of inquiry into state capture and painted Watson as the don of a corrupt empire. We saw a video of Watson counting money in a vault to pay off politicians, we hear of him threatening his employees and we got to know a man who used his proximity to political power to fleece the state. 

His gruesome death - driving into a concrete pillar and dying behind the wheel of a lowly Toyota Corolla (he was used to driving luxury cars) - now deprives South Africans of getting his side of the story. In this week's edition of News24's Friday Briefing the country's two foremost experts on Bosasa and Watson, Adriaan Basson and Kyle Cowan, give us their takes on the controversy and colour around Watson. Basson, whose book Blessed by Bosasa, will be released soon, considers the contrarian views of the man, while Cowan looks at who stands to benefit from Watson's death.

Both are cracking reads.

Best,

Pieter du Toit

Assistant Editor: In-depth news

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The untimely death of Bosasa chief executive Gavin Watson will have a ripple effect on the investigations of corruption related to him and his company for many years to come.

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As word of his death broke across websites, news apps, television and radio stations from around 11am, it didn't take long before a wild fire of speculation spread across social media. Was it Watson in the mangled white wreck? 

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