AS IT HAPPENED | Worry about the manner 'in which many comrades are dying these days' - Zuma, others bid farewell at #WatsonFuneral

2019-09-03 14:30

Family, friends and associates of former Bosasa CEO Gavin Watson have paid their final respects to the late businessman in Port Elizabeth.


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03 Sep 14:29

Funeral proceedings have concluded.

The choir now sings as the coffin is carried out of the funeral venue, with the procession and mourners following behind.


03 Sep 14:27

The pastor has wrapped up his sermon, and the thanks are now being read out from the podium.


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Zuma says "farewell comrade" to "Comrade Gavin...you left too early for us."

Zuma says he always feels very bad to say goodbye to people who are younger than him, but Watson was "indeed a comrade who made a contribution to the African National Congress".

The former president finishes off his address with another song, and this time it's "Umshini wami".


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Zuma says his testimony at the Zondo commission had not even scratched the surface, says he could have gone deeper, but he chose not to.


03 Sep 13:52

Zuma: "...I hope investigations will clarify this matter. The reasons why I say this, and I don't want to go any further, but South Africa is a strategically important country - geographically, politically, economically, globally."


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Zuma: "I've become very worried in the manner in which many comrades are dying these days. Particularly knowing as I do, how some intelligence organisations operate... and I'm hoping that the investigation will indeed prove us wrong, who are worried."

"The report that the family gave me, has a lot of gaps..." says Zuma.


03 Sep 13:32

Zuma says Watson was one of the few people who came to visit him at his "little home" in Nkandla... 


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Former president Jacob Zuma walks up to the podium, and starts off by singing "Senzeni Na" before his address. 


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Eastern Cape premier and ANC chairperson Oscar Mabuyane says they are here as the ANC to unashamedly bid farewell to Gavin Watson, "our comrade whose blood was black, green and gold..."


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Mkhuseli "Khusta" Jack says Gavin Watson "loved his country and his people", and describes him as "an individual with his own ideas" who came into the struggle. "With my own eyes, I saw a generous and hard-working person, and a fitness fanatic, in the man..."

Jack: "Together with his brothers, they abandoned the privileges associated with the pigmentation of their skin, to join those who were racially discriminated."

Jack: "When the Watson brothers went to play [rugby] in the townships, BJ Vorster was the prime minister of South Africa, he was in charge of the country..."

Jack: "Gavin, together with his brothers, deserted the racially constructed apartheid rugby and joined the anti-apartheid and non-racial rugby..."


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Between speakers, the mourners dance around Gavin Watson's coffin, singing struggle songs.


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Mkele says he was shocked when the Bosasa story emerged and Gavin Watson was portrayed as a criminal and thief. There was nothing wrong with Watson helping the ANC, says Mkele.

Mkele: "So what is wrong, for Gavin to support the African National Congress? That's his political party, yes, that's his home... and it's our home."


03 Sep 12:12

Rev. Archie Mkele is now at the podium, paying tribute to Gavin Watson, who was "like a brother" to him. Mkele started off by greeting "our president", Zuma.

Mkele elicits laughter from some of those in attendance when he says he helped the Watsons look for wives... Gavin was their big brother, says Mkele.


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Valence Watson is now at the podium, paying tribute to Gavin Watson. He says God's timing is perfect - he took Gavin when he wanted to take him.

Valence says there was a strong push to hold the funeral in Johannesburg, but Gavin's wife Leigh Ann wanted it in Port Elizabeth.

Valence has been addressing the crowd in both English and Xhosa.


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Joe Gumede concludes: "Material things did not matter to him...People even vilified him for his belief in God. He made it his passion."


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Notably, among the mourning crowd are Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane, former president Jacob Zuma, former minister Charles Nqakula, former political activist Mkhuseli Jack, and former sports activist-turned-priest Archie Mkele.

The legendary Spring Rose Rugby Club also arrived wearing their uniform. The rugby club was part of the union that fought for marginalised black sportsmen to be included in professional sports.

The Watson brothers played a pivotal role in the fight for these men to be recognised for their talent in sports.

Gavin Watson, alongside his brothers, rose to fame through this revolution.


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Former president Jacob Zuma in attendance at the funeral of Gavin Watson, seated next to Watson's wife, Leigh Ann. (PHOTO: Nosipiwo Manona)


03 Sep 11:13

Gavin Watson's son, Roth, is currently at the podium, paying tribute to his father after reading a short obituary. Roth says Watson was a man of faith and loved God, and he started and ended all board meetings with a prayer.


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Funeral proceedings are under way.

Former president Jacob Zuma is also in attendance.


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ICYMI: 

Gavin Watson investigation on death car wrapped up, now it's a waiting game - expert 

Accident reconstruction expert Kondrad Lotter, who was appointed by late Bosasa CEO Gavin Watson's family to investigate his death, said on Monday he was still waiting for information pertaining to certain aspects of the investigation.

Speaking to News24, Lotter added he was aware of the anticipation for the final autopsy report. 

He said the investigation, focusing on the car Watson was driving when he died, had been finalised. 

However, Lotter added he was still in the process of gathering information. "At this point, it's a waiting game," he said.

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