- Raymond Zondo says that the state capture inquiry wanted Bosasa CEO Gavin Watson to give evidence
- He says the commission was in the process of serving Watson with a notice
- The commission's legal team wanted Watson to respond to the allegations against him
Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo has confirmed that State Capture commission wanted Gavin Watson to give evidence.
Zondo says he had signed a directive to this effect.
Zondo made the state statement in response to various questions from the media as to whether the commission had intended to question the Bosasa CEO.
According to Times Live, the commission's legal team had intended to serve Watson a notice containing the accusations that had been made against him. However, no date had yet been arranged for Watson to take the stand, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
Specifically, this directive was not necessarily an order for Watson to testify yet, but rather an order that he should provide the commission with an affidavit in response to the allegations raised against him, The Citizen has reported.
"Personnel of the commission had already been in touch with his attorneys," Zondo explained. "[But] the directive had not been served at the time of his passing."
This comes after it emerged that Watson was also meant to give evidence before a tax inquiry next week.
Watson died in car crash near OR Tambo airport on Monday morning.
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