‘I want my coun­try back’

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - METRO -

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.

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