While there are still many questions and speculations into the death of Gavin Watson, Adriaan Basson has released a book entitled ‘Blessed by Bosasa: Inside Gavin Watson’s state capture cult’ which reveals how Watson treated his employees, deceived the ANC Womens League and was involved an an extramarital affair.
It has been reported that the finalization of the police report into the former Bosasa CEO’s death is very close to completion.
The Watson family are in possession of the pathology report, which revealed that he was deceased before point of impact and the accident report which shows there was no acceleration before the vehicle impacted with the pillar.
While Watson carefully portrayed himself as a devout Christian and struggle veteran, the book, which goes on sale on Monday has reveals that his life was far removed from this image.
ANCWL were tricked into believing they owned Bosasa
In his book, Basson tracked the origin of the corruption-tainted facilities management company and discovered how Watson and his brothers used prominent leaders and struggle royalty in the ANC Womens League (ANCWL) to establish the company.
The company went on to sign lucrative government contracts, some as much as R12-billion of which the likes of former speaker of the National Assembly Baleka Mbete, Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, Social Development Minister Lindwe Zulu, former minister Nomvula Mokonyane and other activists who served in the advisory capacity saw very little, if any return at all.
Most of the female leaders kept their distance when the company caught the attention of the media. Mokonyane however kept close ties with Watson and continued to receive braai packs, alcohol, security upgrades to her home and cash, which are detailed in the book.
Mokonyane was the sole ANCWL representative when Watson negotiated the purchase of Meritum from Fanie van Zijl, a Springbok middle-distance runner. Meritum belonged to the ANCWL leaders.
During state capture inquiry, former Bosasa COO, Angelo Agrizzi and former head of facilities and fleet, Frans Vorster revealed how Mokonyane received preferential treatment and never had to wait for anything.
According to Western Cape ANCWL leader, Hilda Ndude, Watson was brought into the business to help and advise the women in the mining industry but used this to take over the company.
Watson bullied and insulted employees
The book tells of how the Bosasa CEO was accused of bullying and insulting his employees, sometimes calling them derogatory names like ‘darkies’ and using the k-word.
Watson allegedly told Agrizzi and senior employee Retief van der Merwe that they needed to get the staff in line as they were stupid and had nothing between their ears. He claimed to have control over the staff as they needed the money.
Basson details how male executives at Bosasa would prey on female staff. One male executive bought a fridge for every woman he had sex with and another was caught in the boardroom having sex on the table.
Basson tells of Watsons extra-marital affair with former rag queen, Lindie Gouws who is said to have called herself ‘the bride of Christ’, “Mrs Watson” or “die grootbaas se cherrie” (the big boss’s girlfriend).
It is alleged that Gouws lived with Watson at a complex in Krugersdorp as her underwear was often seen on the washing line and her car outside the property.
Gouws denied having an affair with Watson. She claims the rumor was purposefully spread but they did not have a sexual relationship.
Agrizzi told Watson to stop the affair as Gouws had a major hold over him and is alleged to have had a huge influence over Bosasa, running the business like a cult.
Suspicions are now being raised regarding her involvement into Watsons fatal crash.