- A rare video of Gavin Watson has emerged, showing how the elusive BOSASA CEO berates staff at a conference
- During the video, Watson can be heard boasting of his tender networks having saved the day after staff made mistakes
- A disturbing picture is painted of the man at the epicenter of so much controversy and chaos in South Africa
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A recently uncovered video clip has given a rare opportunity to see how Gavin Watson treated staff, who he was belittling after mistakes nearly cost BOSASA a R800 million tender.
Despite having run BOSASA since 1999, Watson led a life out of the public eye. However, he shot to notoriety in January after his colleague and former COO at the company, Angelo Agrizzi, gave his damning testimony before the state capture inquiry.
In the clip, posted by News24, Watson can be heard talking about how he and Sesinyi Seopela had to "work in the night, trying to get tenders over the weekend" as well as speaking of tender 'networks' BOSASA ran.
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Shot during a staff 'imbizo' in 2017 at Silverstar Casino in Krugersdorp, the clip shows the CEO taking staff on for missing mistakes in documents:
"We then have to send people around to go and fix up your documents. If we didn't have that network, we would have lost the tender. The tender's R800m,"
At a stage he tells Gina Peters, a veteran at the company, not to cry. He also sarcastically tells off Jacques van Zyl, from his accounts department, saying that:
"Jacques complains that he couldn't do the tenders, because there are so many tenders,"
Watson goes on to ask Joe Gumede, chairman at the company if the 'tender office' is accurate in its work. Gumede responds by says they are not and that's why ' people shouldn't be complaining'.
This paints a disturbing picture of the man at the center of so much controversy and upheaval in South Africa.
Briefly.co.za reported earlier this week that BOSASA has since filed for voluntary liquidation after banks decided that continuing to do business with the infamous entity was a risk they didn't deem worth their while.
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