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[LISTEN] Grant Thornton defends company actions as another victim comes forward

On Tuesday, former Grant Thornton SA director Nerisha Singh revealed a trail of sexual harassment claims and alleged cover-ups by the company on The Eusebius McKaiser Show

[LISTEN] How Grant Thornton SA allegedly covered up sexual harassment

Now another victim has come forward to tell her story. Christine describes what happened to her at the hands of the same alleged sexual predator Vernon Naidoo while working at Grant Thornton SA.

She and Nerisha worked together for a few years and both brought their sexual harassment cases against Naidoo at the same time, she explains.

We went through the process together and hearing her speak out, I wanted to show my support for her and create additional awareness that there are things that are not entirely ethical that are going on there [at Grant Thornton].

Christine, former Grant Thornton employee

She describes the chain of events beginning with Naidoo giving her an expensive bottle of perfume on her birthday which she declined to accept, trying to wine and dine her at the Four Seasons, and she says was a contradictory story about being married.

The reason we went there [to the Four Seasons] was that I believed we had a client meeting - which never happened.

Christine, former Grant Thornton employee

On the drive home, she describes how he put his hand on her leg.

Some weeks later she says Naidoo told her they were going on a business trip to Durban. Once there, he told her that they would be staying overnight. She says she had made no preparations for this.

And then she realised he had booked them into one hotel room.

He said it's Grant Thornton policy that you don't waste money on room expenditures.

Christine, former Grant Thornton employee

She describes how during the night he made sexual advances towards her until she managed to persuade him to return to his own bed.

Following the rejection, he became verbally abusive the next day, she says, calling her names.

I think it goes beyond harassment, it moves to assault.

Christine, former Grant Thornton employee

She laid a charge and says Naidoo then threatened to end her career.

Christine describes going to acting CEO Gillian Saunders who expressed how sorry she was but told her Naidoo had given in his resignation due to some sort of 'mental disorder'.

She explains how she sent an email to the company stating that she did not believe Grant Thornton was dealing with her sexual harassment case properly as weeks had passed and Naidoo was still in the office with her.

Which made me realise that management had done nothing.

Christine, former Grant Thornton employee

After she laid charges with the police, Saunders responded with an email apologising and saying Christine had not made a formal complaint to the company and that is why nothing had been done.

Christine's contract at Grant Thornton was not renewed.

Eusebius McKaiser spoke to acting CEO Gillian Saunders about the claims.

After Nerisha spoke out on The Eusebius McKaiser Show, Saunders emailed her and withdrew its latest offer to employ her again, stating that she was bringing the company's reputation into disrepute. The company said there is no longer a viable working relationship.

When asked about this by Eusebius, Saunders denied that the decision not to re-employ Nerisha had anything to do with the sexual harassment claims.

When Eusebius finally asks Saunders if Naidoo is still contracted to the company, despite the fact that the two women involved have been let go, she denies this. But when pushed, she acknowledged that the man works for clients and invoices them through Grant Thorton.

We are just a channel for Naidoo's invoices.

Gillian Saunders, acting CEO Grant Thornton SA

Listen to Christine's story below and Saunders' response:


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