The whole country was shocked at the news of Gavin Watson dying in a car crash this week. Gavin Watson, the former CEO of the utility services group Bosasa, implicated in the State Capture Inquiry corruption revelations, has never appeared publicly to tell his side of things. Watson and his business have long been in the spotlight and linked to allegations of corruption but no one, including him, has ever been found guilty of anything. Testimony and evidence presented to the Zondo Commision of Inquiry pointed to decades of corrupt activities at Bosasa under Watson, activities that included paying cash bribes to a multitude of officials and politicians in exchange for favours.
People who worked with him or were close to him often said he had the bearing of a stern headmaster. He was respected and admired but also feared. He also had a deft understanding of human nature and this ensured he employed a corps of staffers who were useful and loyal to him. It meant he understood what motivated people and how to find chinks in their armour that was exploitable. One of Watson's most defining personality traits was that he was a determined man. He had a rather stoic bearing and seemed to have little interest in being flashy or in material things in general.
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