Gupta-linked Whistleblower: From victim to hero
After revealing startling details of state capture involving Gupta-linked Trillian Management, whistleblower Bianca Goodson was swiftly axed by her employer.
Her public announcement on September 28 of how the Gupta-led company brokered government businesses and private firms has created some embarrassment for Sage, a payroll software company that claims to prides itself on fairness and transparency.
According to the Daily Maverick, Goodson said she had offered to resign should her connection to the Gupta-led state capture become a reputational risk for the company.
In a press release, Sage said, “Bianca made a personal decision to make a public statement about her relationship with Trillian which was published on 27 September 2017. Following this, she voluntarily offered her resignation which was accepted.”
Sygnia, an asset management corporation, has since offered Goodson a job.
“Bianca is immensely qualified… she’s a South African hero!”, Magda Wierzycka, from Sygnia, said on Bruce Whitefield’s The Money Show on 702.
Wierzycka also called out Sage for its cowardice and lack of honour for not supporting Goodson in calling out state-capture.
After leaving Trillian Management 18 months ago, Goodson had been approached by the public protector to give a statement on state capture in parliament, but the lack of communication from public protector Thuli Madonsela and inability to present her affidavit to parliament frustrated Goodson and led to her release of a statement with 65 annexures. “I feel that I’m not doing the right thing by just waiting and keeping quiet,” Goodson told the Mail & Guardian.
According to Goodson’s statement, Trillian Management Consulting (TMC) was a conduit between Eskom and McKinsley, with the plan to spread its tentacles into other state institutions, including Transnet and the co-operative governance department.
Trillian Capital Partners has since distanced themselves from Goodson’s statement, saying she left under a cloud because she wanted a greater share of the profits.