‘I want my country back’
FORMER ANC deputy secretary-general Cheryl Carolus says she wants her country back and has encouraged others to come before the Zondo commission.
Carolus concluded her testimony on Thursday and told the inquiry about her tenure as chairperson of the SAA board on which she served from 2009 until 2012, when she and eight other board members resigned over their relationship with then-public enterprises minister Malusi Gigaba.
She described how Gigaba worked against the board’s efforts to turn around SAA, undermined the board and often publicly berated them, accusing them of being incompetent and unpatriotic.
“This is a great country and it came at a huge price. We have the most amazing nation of people, but are poorly led. I think that the work of this commission is so crucial. I want my country back. They have made an attempt at stealing our present and tried to distort our future, but I am not going allow them to steal our future,” she said. The commission continues on Tuesday.