“At the time our agreement at the department was that indeed it was the right approach to take in principle for disaggregation in order to disbundle, if you like, this monopoly that had carried on in the department.
“Having realised the circumstances under which this hospitality had been extended to me, I then disclosed, at the very next opportunity in terms of executive members’ disclosure, the hospitality that had been extended to me as result of a colleague here in parliament making the offer in the manner I had just described.”
Masutha said that except for this one encounter, he has never met Watson or any of his family members.
Masutha’s deputy, Thabang Makwetla, told the meeting that he had made a submission to the ethics committee which is probing him and other ministers after it emerged last year that Bosasa paid for and installed security upgrades at his private home.
Makwetla said he had already repaid Bosasa for the security upgrades.