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

Gavin Watson's funeral. (Adrian de Kock, Netwerk24)
Gavin Watson's funeral. (Adrian de Kock, Netwerk24)


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03 Sep 2019

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 2019

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

03 Sep 2019

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".

03 Sep 2019

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 2019

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."

03 Sep 2019

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 2019

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

<p>Former president Jacob Zuma walks up to the podium, and starts off by singing "<em>Senzeni Na</em>" before his address.&nbsp;</p><p></p>

03 Sep 2019

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..."

03 Sep 2019

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.

03 Sep 2019

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.

<p>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. </p><p>Valence says there was a strong push to hold the funeral in Johannesburg, but Gavin's wife Leigh Ann wanted it in Port Elizabeth.</p><p>Valence has been addressing the crowd in both English and Xhosa.</p><p></p>

03 Sep 2019

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.

03 Sep 2019

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

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

03 Sep 2019

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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