Author of new Bosasa exposé explains why he calls it a cult

The late Gavin Watson who died in a car crash in August and his company Bosasa have been at the centre of much of the testimony at the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture.

Painted as a man who bankrolled the lifestyle of some of the politicians and on the other, was a devout Christian who led his staff in prayer at work has raised many questions.

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News 24 editor-in-chief Adriaan Basson has just published his new book, "Blessed by Bosasa: Inside Gavin Watson's State Capture Cult".

He talks to Bongani Bingwa.

The aim of the book was to go deeper into the Bosasa story and not just to leave it at the level of bribery and money exchanging hands. But to actually look at the personalities involved.

Adriaan Basson, Author and News24 Editor-in-chief

He says it looks at the psychology and politics involved when ANC leaders returned from exile penniless, and with no business experience, and being dragged into corrupt activities.

He says he wanted to show the roots of state capture.

Basson describes how through his interviews has uncovered how the Watson brothers manipulated and swindled ANC leaders.

He says he spoke to many people who worked closely with Gavin Watson.

It would be like a badge of honour if you were invited to his early morning prayer meeting. You then had to pray at loud so he could hear what you were praying for.

Adriaan Basson, Author and News24 Editor-in-chief

He says the staff involved would then continue with their corrupt tender activities.

That's why I called it a cult.

Adriaan Basson, Author and News24 Editor-in-chief

Listen below to the full conversation:


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