JOHANNESBURG – News filtering through to the DailyAfrika’s news desk is that CEO of controversial company Bosasa, now African Global Operations, Gavin Watson has died on Monday.
According to Eye Witness News, the 73-year-old died in a car crash close to OR Tambo International Airport.
According to reports, Watson may have lost control of his vehicle and driven into a highway overpass’ concrete pillar.
Although the South African Police Services (SAPS) are investigating a case of culpable homicide, some theories have emerged on social media suggesting Watson’s car may have been tampered with.
In addition, it is reported that police have not released the identity of the victim before notifying his next of kin.
“The man was driving into the airport precinct when he allegedly lost control of his vehicle and collided with a concrete pillar holding up a highway bridge,” said a police statement.
“The victim was certified dead on the scene by paramedics and a case of culpable homicide has been opened for investigation.”
At the time of his death, Watson headed up the controversial company implicated in the state capture inquiry for giving government officials money and other lavish gifts in exchange for favours.
Meanwhile, his company is alleged to have pumped millions of rand into African National Congress (ANC) campaigns and was recently linked to the R500 000 donation to the CR17 election campaign of Cyril Ramaphosa.
Bosasa was renamed African Global Operations, and his former accomplice Angelo Agrizzi offered damning testimony of bribes, corruption and state capture against him and the company.