n Servamus Community-based Safety and Security Magazine - Blowing the whistle on corruption

Volume 112 Number 12
  • ISSN : 1015-2385


When Mosilo Mothepu, the Chief Executive Officer at Trillian Financial Advisory, a South African consulting firm and a subsidiary of Trillian Capital which is owned by Salim Essa, an associate of the Gupta family, stepped forward to blow the whistle on state capture, she did not realise how drastically this move would change her life. After being lied to by her superiors about the company’s activities, she resigned in June 2016. Despite fearing legal consequences and defamation, she decided to speak up and sent a statement to the former public protector Adv Thuli Madonsela. Unfortunately, this disclosure was leaked and triggered the Budlender inquiry which led Trillian to file criminal charges, including corruption, fraud and cybercrime, against Mosilo Mothepu. While the case was transferred to the Hawks at rapid speed, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) only confirmed in April 2018 that it will not be pursuing criminal charges against Mosilo Mothepu, because there is no prospect of a successful prosecution. Aside from the criminal charges, Trillian also brought two labour matters against her for breach of confidentiality and to recoup bonuses. In July 2016, Ms Mothepu took Trillian to the Commission for Conciliation, Arbitration and Mediation (CCMA) for constructive dismissal (Bezuidenhout, 2018). Her personal sacrifices have helped turn the tide against the masterminds who perpetrated the heist that has cost South Africa hundreds of billions of rand over the past decade. Sadly, Ms Mothepu is still paying the price for having done the right thing (www.pressreader.com/southafrica/ financial-mail/20180405/281599536062739).

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