Gavin Watson service in Roodepoort 'to be followed by a memorial in PE'

The historic Feather Market Centre in Port Elizabeth will be the venue of a memorial service for Gavin Watson, according to an employee at the centre.
The historic Feather Market Centre in Port Elizabeth will be the venue of a memorial service for Gavin Watson, according to an employee at the centre.
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A memorial service for Bosasa boss Gavin Watson, who died in a high-speed crash near OR Tambo International Airport, will be held in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday, a source said.

The Watson family's hometown memorial will follow a service on Friday at the Little Falls Christian Centre in Roodepoort.

The 71-year-old businessman, deeply implicated in state capture, died when his company car slammed into a bridge stanchion on Monday morning.

It is understood the memorial service will be held at Port Elizabeth’s Feather Market Centre.

An employee at the centre confirmed that the memorial was scheduled for 11am.

“Other media reports have it as Wednesday, but I can definitely tell you that it will be held here [Port Elizabeth] on Tuesday,” she said, refusing to identify herself.

According to its website, the venue can accommodate more than 1,000 people.

Bosasa [now African Global Operations] spokesperson Papa Leshabane would not comment. 

The Bosasa group won lucrative government tenders and was later deeply implicated during testimony at the inquiry into state capture. The company was also linked to a R500,000 donation to the CR17 election campaign.

An expert has been appointed to probe the death of Bosasa CEO Gavin Watson who was killed when the car he was driving ploughed into a bridge pillar close to Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport on August 26 2019. As investigations continue, people on Twitter had conclusions of their own.


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