KEMPTON PARK – Following his death earlier this week, news coming through to DailyAfrika is that former BOSASA boss Gavin Watson would often drive without wearing his seatbelt.
According to the nephew, Jared Watson who is a chartered accountant by training, the controversial businessman disliked the beeping sound made by the car’s warning system for him to fasten his seatbelt.
Watson passed away in the early hours of Monday morning and was supposed to appear at the State capture commission led by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo this week.
Although BOSASA was later named as African Global Operations, Jared explained how his uncle would often drive as reports suggest the CEO was not wearing his belt at the time of his death.
Watson’s company car crashed into a bridge pillar outside OR Tambo international airport and is now reported to have lost his life on the scene.
“The sad reality is that he would often drive like that,” his nephew, Jared Watson, told TimesLIVE.
“He would clip the seatbelt buckle in place [behind his back] to the make the beeping sound stop,” he said.
A gutted nephew said the family was still without answers as to what Watson was doing at the airport so early that morning.
Moreover, media reports suggest that Watson’s mobile phone is still missing and the nephew has confirmed the missing cell phone.
In an interview with Alec Hogg on Biznews Radio, Jared said the phone was in Germiston and then in Bryanston, in the evening at around 19:00.
“We went with the police to find the phone but they could only locate it to a radius of apparently 30 to 50 metres. So we looked around in the dark and we couldn’t find it and then eventually we were no longer able to trace it,” Jared Watson said.
According to News24, police could only salvage the CEO’s wallet containing R70 in cash as well as his ID card and driver’s licence, but there were no travel bags, passports or cellphones in the company-owned Toyota Corolla.
Meanwhile, Watson was also linked to a R500 000 donation to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s African National Congress’ election campaign, but the nephew insisted that his uncle was prepared to appear before the commission.
“We had prepared a 400-page file of all evidence supporting everything that he had to say and that was due to be submitted. We believed this would have explained, or cleared up his name,” he told Hogg.
In addition, Watson’s funeral is likely to be held in his former home city of Port Elizabeth next week.