REVEALED: The ANC MP who has arranged the "Watson House" of the Justice Minister


The unnamed MEP, who organized housing for Justice Minister Michael Masutha in Port Elizabeth, where he was approached in 2016 by former Bosasa boss Gavin Watson, is Cedric Frolick, chairman of the National Assembly committees.

Responding to a question from DA MP Glynnis Breytenbach, Masutha said Wednesday he met Watson once when he was in Port Elizabeth to attend an ANC Siyanqoba election rally in July 2016.

He described that he had difficulty finding accommodation before the event, and was eventually assisted by a "fellow MP" who secured the house for the weekend.

Frolick confirmed that he was the unnamed MP when he was contacted by News24 on Thursday.

Masutha said he met Watson at the PE home, where Watson used "the opportunity" to discuss matters with the Bosasas catering contract.

The contract was one of the first four contracts Bosasa had awarded to Bosasa in 2004 and 2005 for correction services totaling around € 2bn.

These and other contracts have since risen to R7bn.

Watson allegedly asked Masutha to intervene in a dispute between Bosasa and the department that wanted to "disaggregate" the lucrative jail catering contract.

The department has launched a new procurement round to break the monopoly of certain companies, Masutha said.

"I said [to Watson] that I am not concerned with procurements or contractual problems in the department. If he actually felt that he had complaints in my office, he should do so in writing, I do not care about informal matters, "Masutha told the committee.

"Having recognized the circumstances under which this hospitality had been extended to me, at the next occasion regarding the disclosure of executive members, I indicated what kind of hospitality I received as a result of a colleague here in Parliament Way that I just described. "

News24 was unable to find Parliament's parliamentary vote on the interests of its members for 2016 and 2017 and asked his office to prove the statement.

This request was referred to Parliament.

Asked about the property and whether Masutha could prove the statement, a spokesman for the minister, Max Mpuzana, declined to comment.

"The ministry will not comment on this issue, and we believe the minister said in his statement to the portfolio committee everything he had to say," Mpuzana said.

Frolick, who is a longtime friend of Gavin's brother Cheeky Watson through his mutual involvement in the sport, claimed he was unaware that Gavin Masutha would go indoors.

According to a Bosasa source, Cheeky and Gavin had agreed to ask Frolick to arrange the apartment for Masutha.

When contacted on Friday, Cheeky Watson confirmed his friendship with Frolick, but denied that he was involved in Masutha's sleeping arrangements.

"As for your other questions, I have no earthly idea," he said.

Frolick further denied that the house belonged to Gavin, saying that the owner was one of many people who had space for ANC delegates in their homes. News24 is currently reviewing ownership of the property.

News24 estimates that the property provided to Masutha is located on the Royalston Estate owned by the other Watson brother Valence.

Frolick said he could not remember whether the house was in Royalston or the name of the owner.

"I have not even talked to Gavin Watson about housing people," Frolick said, adding that he did not remember having meetings with Masutha or Watson.

According to Masutha, Gavin Watson arrived on Sunday morning with another man.

When asked about the question of payment for hospitality, he was told that he did not need to do so as this was part of the delegate accommodation arrangements.

Frolick said he helped organize accommodations for other delegates, not just Masutha.

"People were sleeping in pantry," he said, explaining the extent of the shortage of beds this weekend.

Frolick, a former headmaster of PE, led both ad hoc parliamentary committees investigating the security upgrades of former President Jacob Zuma in Nkandla.

As chairman of the committee, which had to judge on behalf of the parliament about the Nkandla affair, his role for Luthuli House and Zuma itself was of crucial importance, City Press reported in 2014.

The committee's report, which affirmed Zuma of any guilt in the R246m modernization in his home, was protested last week by opposition parties in the National Assembly.

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News24 has already shown connections between Bosasa and Zuma, to which the company owns two birthday celebrations for Zuma, which have an estimated amount of R3m.

Bosasa allegedly donated R300,000 a month to the Jacob Zuma Foundation.