Her appearance follows that of former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe, who testified on some of Eskom’s questionable affairs during his tenure and the circumstanes surrounding his appointment and subsequent resignation in December 2016.
Bianca Goodson and role in State Capture exposure
Bianca Goodson came to prominence as a whistleblower after she lifted the lid Trillian’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, who has featured prominently in the State Capture Commission. Goodson was a key contributor to former public protector Thuli Madonsela’s investigation into state capture in 2016.
She 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.
Goodson has spoken frequently about the toll it has taken to be a whistleblower, including suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, going through a divorce and struggling to find a job.
“The first thing is that I suffered trauma… I thought trauma was only for victims of heinous crimes, I did not realise that what I went through was trauma, but it has been confirmed now that I suffered trauma and I am being treated on a weekly basis for post traumatic stress disorder, I was admitted to a psychiatric hospital earlier this year,” she said in an interview with Johannesburg-based radio station 702.
“It’s taken its toll on my 8-year-old daughter and my mother is riddled with anxiety. With that, I left working with Sygnia, but I couldn’t work, I couldn’t wake up, I couldn’t focus, I couldn’t do anything, I was just crying and depressed all the time,”
She penned a letter to Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter, asking him to employ whistleblowers and further suggested that they be nominally compensated.
“I implore you to make a difference and publicly support the whistle-blowers, like myself, who have helped Eskom,” Goodson said in the letter.