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Gavin Watson: Speedometer in car's wreck froze at 140km/h

28 August 2019 - 17:14 By Graeme Hosken
The car driven by Bosasa CEO Gavin Watson is transported from its accident scene on Monday.
The car driven by Bosasa CEO Gavin Watson is transported from its accident scene on Monday.
Image: Veli Nhlapo / Sowetan

The police investigation into the death of Bosasa boss Gavin Watson is centred on the whereabouts of his cellphone and the speedometer of his wrecked company car.

A police source, who is stationed at the airport and who was on the scene, said the force of the collision showed the vehicle was travelling at high speed.

"The speedometer was stopped at the 140km/h mark. It is clear that he was driving at speed. Whether this was the cause of the crash is not yet known. That will only come out from an analysis of the vehicle and potentially from postmortem results," a police source told TimesLIVE.

Police spokesperson Col Katlego Mogale would say only that the investigation was ongoing.

“The police cannot report on the case minute to minute. Once the case is finalised we will be able to comment further.”

Watson, 71, died when the Toyota Corolla he was driving, which belonged to African Global Operations [formerly Bosasa], crashed into a bridge pillar within the precinct of OR Tambo international airport around 5am on Monday.

TimesLIVE understands from police sources that Watson's cellphone has yet to be found.

He said during a search of the scene Watson's phone could not be located.

"Company directors have been asked for information on it, whether it was at the Bosasa offices or if it may be at another location. So far no information has been given on it.

"It was also not with his family," said the source.

Bosasa spokesperson Papa Leshabane, asked on whether police had approached company staff for assistance in locating Watson's cellphone, said: "I am not having this conversation with you.

"I am not commenting on it or on what has been asked."

A second police source, with knowledge of the investigation, said fingerprints were being taken from the body.

"This is being done for several reasons. it's part of standard operating procedures. And it's being done to stamp out all the speculation on whether this was in fact Watson who died."

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.