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newsANA reports that former Bosasa chief financial officer Andries van Tonder on Tuesday described Bosasa CEO Gavin Watson as manipulative and someone who used people for his own ends.  

Van Tonder took the stand at the Zondo commission of inquiry into state capture after former COO Angelo Agrizzi's explosive testimony that lasted nine days.  Van Tonder said Watson used the early morning mandatory prayer meetings as a tool to control his staff.  "He used those sessions as a tool to determine loyalty to him ... he insisted that everyone pray out loud saying he needed to hear where we were at.  I stopped attending the prayer meetings, which led to a deterioration of the relationship between us," Van Tonder stated.  He said he felt used by Watson after an investigation into Bosasa's financial affairs by the SA Revenue Services (Sars) cleared Bosasa in 2015.  "I was involved in that investigation for Bosasa ... misrepresentations were made to Sars and we were cleared.  After conclusion of [the] investigation, our relationship deteriorated further ... my take was that he didn't need me anymore as he had won the Sars case."  Watson allegedly began with his attempts to get rid of Van Tonder in 2017, by taking away the powers of a CFO from him.  Van Tonder was no longer allowed to access company financial information or to contact banks or auditors.

  • Read the report on this story in full at Independent News
  • Read too, Bosasa bosses made a pact ‘not to rat on each other’, at BusinessLive

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