Johannesburg - Eastern Cape Premier and ANC Chairperson in the province Oscar Mabuyane has slammed South Africans, particularly the media, for “completely changing the narrative” about the character of the late Gavin Watson and his decades long work.
Mabuyane was addressing mourners at the funeral of the 71-year-old Watson, who died in a car crash last week, at the Feather Market Centre in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday. He described Watson as a nation builder and a humanitarian par excellence.
Mabuyane further said that it was sad that Watson was being laid to rest in a week that has seen cases of femicide again rear their ugly head following the murders of University of Cape Town student Uyinene Mrwetyan and boxing and karate champion Leighandre ‘Baby Lee’ Jegels.
“Knowing Comrade Gavin, he would have condemned these acts with the contempt that they deserve. We want to pass our condolences to the families of these girls.
“But more than that Comrade Gavin would like us as men to stand up against the few men who perpetuate violence against women in our society, this is a task we must pursue in his name,” Mabuyane said.