PORT ELIZABETH - Gavin Watson and his three brothers are still considered iconic struggle heroes in Port Elizabeth.
The Bosasa CEO died in a car crash in Johannesburg on Monday.
Dan Ncape has a long history with the Watson family.
He started playing rugby with the four brothers in 1975.
Ncape says all four brothers worked at the family's clothing stores where a prayer session was held every morning by their lay preacher father.
"One thing I remember about Gavin, he was working in the stores in Sidwell. He got stabbed in front of the shop, next to the heart," said Ncape.
"I saw him thereafter. I thought the guy might be very upset about this but I found a guy who was just so willing to understand."
Watson and his family used their status as struggle icons to build a massive security conglomerate, gaining lucrative government contracts.
Their connections with the ANC run deep.
"I wanted these guys to skip the country to join the MK and I had to go to Valence Watson for all this," said Ncape.