WRAP | 10 things we know so far after the death of Gavin Watson

2019-08-26 16:04

Controversial businessman Gavin Watson has died in a car crash, a day before appearing at an inquiry into his tax affairs, close to OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.


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26 Aug 16:20

1. African Global Operations (Bosasa) CEO Gavin Watson parked his metallic blue BMW X5 at the company's Krugersdorp office

2. Spokesperson Papa Leshabane told eNCA Watson's personal car had mechanical problems

3. He signed out a company Toyota Corolla for the weekend

4. It is understood the vehicle collided with the pillar of a bridge on the road leading up to the drop-off point at OR Tambo International Airport

5. News24 has seen a copy of the Germiston mortuary's registry that lists Gavin Joseph Watson, 71, as the deceased

6. Former Bosasa fleet manager Frans Vorster confirmed to News24 the Corolla had a manual gearbox, whereas Watson could only drive automatic cars

7. The accident doesn't appear "normal", according to forensic expert Konrad Lotter, reported Netwerk24

8. The controversial businessman called a prayer meeting of directors at the company's office on Sunday morning

9. Watson was due to testify at an inquiry into his tax affairs on Tuesday

10. Former Bosasa COO Angelo Agrizzi, who spilled the beans on the company's corruption, told PowerFM Watson may have been trying to flee the country when he died

WATCH | Walkthrough of Bosasa boss Gavin Watson's fatal crash site

News24 studied the scene of the crash that claimed the life of Bosasa chief executive Gavin Watson in the early hours of Monday. News24 found debris from the crash still scattered along the side of the road, and no evidence could be seen that Watson applied the brakes or attempted to avoid the collision with a concrete bridge pillar.

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26 Aug 16:08

ANC mourns Gavin Watson, calling him a 'brave, anti-apartheid activist'

The ANC has expressed its shock at the death of corruption-accused Bosasa CEO Gavin Watson.

ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe detailed Watson's history as an "anti-apartheid activist" who, together with his brothers, "associated themselves with the struggle for liberation at an early age and fought side by side with many compatriots against apartheid".

"It was in his home province of the Eastern Cape, where comrade Gavin Watson made the admirable and brave choice of disassociating himself with the privilege that came with being a white male in apartheid South Africa and choosing to participate actively in pursuing the ideals of a free, democratic and non-racial South Africa," Mabe said.


26 Aug 15:42

Here are 5 things you need to know about Gavin Watson:

1. The Watson family was heavily involved in the anti-apartheid movement

2. He is the older brother of Dan "Cheeky" Watson, who famously turned down Springbok rugby colours in protest against apartheid

3. Gavin Watson was deeply religious, making a point of reading from the Bible and praying at company meetings and events

4. Watson donated millions to the ANC

5. In 2015, Watson received the Trailblazer of the Year award


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"For months, I had been researching the state capture cult that Watson built on the far end of the West Rand, tucked away from the bling of Johannesburg's moneyed classes. I had come as close as possible to putting together the puzzle pieces of two decades of depravity and capture, fueled by power, money and sex.

"I was ready to ask Watson for his side. He didn't respond to my message and we will now never know his story. Dead men tell no tales and Watson knew a lot."

Adriaan Basson: Dead men tell no tales, and Gavin Watson knew a lot

Like the late mining boss Brett Kebble, Bosasa CEO Gavin Watson takes many secrets with him to the grave.


26 Aug 14:12

Here is the possible plot:

I think the fear is that Gavin Watson and Barry Eugene Farber could have been key witnesses in the PP Bosasa matter should it go to court.

But someone took concomitant action on both their lives. Basically to render the PP without any witnesses, tweets @MbuyiseniNdlozi


26 Aug 14:03

Gavin Watson was supposed to testify at tax inquiry on Tuesday

The deceased former CEO of embattled Bosasa/African Global Operations, Gavin Watson, was due to testify at an inquiry into his tax affairs on Tuesday.


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OFFICIAL STATEMENT from African Global Operations (formerly Bosasa)

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26 Aug 12:59

BREAKING: Gavin Watson parked his BMW at Bosasa, called prayer meeting day before death ride

News24 has confirmed that Bosasa CEO Gavin Watson parked his metallic blue BMW X5 at the company's Krugersdorp office before he signed out a company Toyota Corolla for the weekend, in which he died on Monday morning.

The controversial businessman also called a prayer meeting of directors at the company's office on Sunday morning.

Former colleagues of Watson are puzzled why he would have left his own luxury vehicle at the office in exchange for a vehicle similar to those used by the company's drivers for trips to OR Tambo Airport. 


26 Aug 12:54

Former Bosasa COO Angelo Agrizzi, who spilled the beans on the company's corruption and capture of state departments at the Zondo commission, told News24: "My condolences to the Watson family and especially to his wife, Leigh Ann".


26 Aug 12:53

Leshabane: "This afternoon is not about what is in the public discourse, this afternoon is a sombre moment for us and I don't think his family would want to get into that terrain..."

Leshabane tells eNCA that what is out there, in terms of allegations against Watson, is open to speculation, and they are not at liberty to deal with what is out there on public platforms.

Leshabane also confirmed that the Watson family have been to the mortuary to identify the body.


26 Aug 12:48

Bosasa spokesperson Papa Leshabane tells eNCA that the car Watson was driving collided with a pole, and there were no other cars involved. Watson apparently lost control of the car, according to Leshabane.

"We can confirm at this stage that an accident happened...we don't want to speculate about any other thing," he told eNCA, when pushed on whether there were any suspicious circumstances around the crash. 

Leshabane told the news channel that details are a "bit sketchy" at this point, but Watson was definitely travelling alone. 

Leshabane says the Watson family requests that they are given space and privacy at this time to deal with the situation.


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26 Aug 12:19

A long-time Bosasa employee told News24 on Monday that the Toyota Corolla Watson was driving was similar to a vehicle used by the company's driver for airport trips and errands.


26 Aug 12:18

A source close to Watson told News24 on Monday that Watson was allegedly taking antidepressant medication in recent weeks.

On July 13, an apparently fit and healthy Watson was spotted in the Bryanston Virgin Active working out. (Image: Supplied)

 - News24 reporter Kyle Cowan 


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26 Aug 11:48

CONFIRMED: News24 has seen a copy of the Germiston mortuary's registry that lists Gavin Joseph Watson, aged 71-years old, as the deceased of Monday morning's horrific car accident at OR Tambo International Airport. The body of the Bosasa CEO was admitted to the mortuary just after 08:00. The registry contains the first six digits of Watson's identity number. 


26 Aug 11:43

(Image via Twitter)


26 Aug 11:43

BREAKING: Bosasa executive dies in 'horrific' car crash at OR Tambo

A 71-year old man, believed to be a Bosasa executive, was killed in a "horrific" car accident in the early hours of Monday morning close to OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.

Bosasa executives have rushed to the scene of the accident on the R21 near the airport, where a Bosasa company-registered Toyota Corolla was destroyed after colliding with a concrete pillar. 

News24 has confirmed it is a Bosasa vehicle involved, but the identity of the occupant is not yet clear. 

According to a law enforcement officer, who did not wish to be named, the accident occurred at 05:05, on the road leading up to the drop-off point at the airport.

It is understood that the vehicle collided with the pillar of a bridge after the driver allegedly lost control. The officer described the scene as "horrific".

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