Masutha says he spent 3 days at Gavin Watson's home unknowingly

Masutha says he spent 3 days at Gavin Watson's home unknowingly

- The Minister of Justice and Correctional Services admitted to staying at the Bosasa boss's house , but said that he did not know at the time that it belonged to Watson

- He says this was how he ended up meeting Gavin Watson

- This comes after Masutha's deputy admitted to receiving security upgrades to his home from Bosasa

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Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Michael Masutha, has admitted to spending a weekend at the home of Bosasa CEO Gavin Watson.

He made the admission before the parliamentary oversight committee.

However, Masutha claims he did not know that the house belonged to Watson.

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Masutha says he was in Port Elizabeth for an ANC rally in 2016, and that he found it difficult to find accomodation. As a result, a colleague recommended the house to him.

Masutha added that he was unaware that the property belonged to Watson. He says that this why he met the Bosasa boss that weekend.

This comes after Masutha's deputy, Thabang Makwetla, said that Watson had paid for several security upgrades to Makwetla's home.

Makwetla claims that he paid Watson back for the installations, however, but he has not yet provided the committee with proof of this claim. 

Makwetla added that Watson refused to send him an invoice for the upgrades.

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This follows extensive revelations at the Zondo Commission that Bosasa bribed government officials, often in the form of upgrades to their homes.

In exchange for the bribes, these officials often provided Bosasa with protection from prosecution or helped them receive lucrative tenders. 

Former Bosasa executive, Angelo Agrizzi, told the Commission that these bribes totaled tens of millions of rands.

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