‘I’m gutted and broken’: Gupta whistleblower BROKE & can’t find work

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Former Trillian CEO Bianca Goodson has been an instrumental part of efforts to unravel the extent of corruption, allegedly at the hands of the controversial Gupta family – having lifted the lid on the disgraced firm’s dubious dealings with Eskom.

Goodson also implicated US consultancy firm McKinsey, which did work with Trillian and eventually made to pay back more than a billion rand to the power utility. Trillian was owned by Salim Essa, a powerful friend of the Gupta family. Goodson revealed how the company swindled money from Eskom and Transnet, to the tune of hundreds of millions of rands. She resigned from Trillian in April 2016, just months into the job.

She has been hailed for speaking out, but helping bust corruption has unfortunately failed to serve her well: not only has she struggled to find employment, she is struggling to get by – things have gotten so bad for Goodson, she has been forced to sell her home and will be moving in with her parents.

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“I am tired of these stages and I need a break! I have got to the point where I can not ask for any more money from my dad’s pension, to support myself and my daughter. I feel that I am at the limit of compromising my relationship with my best friend because he too, has loaned me so much money,” she said.

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Bianca Goodson at her wits end – SA comes to the rescue

In addition to seeking employment, Bianca Goodson said she started her own company and looked at possibly earning money from public speaking engagements – but all this has been fruitless.

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“I know that my skills haven’t changed, but clearly, a consequence to me speaking out publicly has made these skills associated with this person, redundant and unwanted. I can’t fake it anymore and my ability to hustle further has been exhausted,” Goodson said.

“Today, with tears running down my face and no hope left, I realize that my decision to do the right thing and speak up against state capture has resulted in me moving 500km away so that I will no longer live with my daughter, selling the only place that gave me refuge and thus giving up my independence. I am gutted and broken”

Former Trillian CEO Bianca Goodson

It’s not all doom and gloom, South Africans and people from other parts of the world have opened up their hearts and wallets to help Goodson. As of Sunday, 09:30, nearly R60 000 has been raised for her.

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Goodson played a key role in former public protector Thuli Madonsela’s explosive State of Capture report, which recommended the establishment of the State Capture Commission, which is currently under way and has heard legions of corruptions allegations being levelled against the Guptas, former president Jacob Zuma and other role-players.

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