State Capture Inquiry

Eusebius: Agrizzi is no hero for blowing the whistle

Former Bosasa COO, Angelo Agrizzi is expected to continue with his explosive testimony at the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture.

READ: More heads will be on the block as Agrizzi's testimony continues - journo

He has been making incriminating allegations that implicate some of the high profile politicians within the African National Congress (ANC). Eusebius McKaiser says Agrizzi is no hero.

It is interesting because it raises a question into whistleblowers, we often imagine whistleblowers or people who come forward with wrongdoing to be incredibly virtuous people and that is clearly not the case.

Eusebius McKaiser, presenter

Very often the people that sit on the most interesting and the most explosive information about criminality, are the ones who are criminals themselves because they are right in the vault.

Eusebius McKaiser, presenter

And if you are in the vault and have been part of counting the cash, getting the braai packs ready, stuffing Louis Vuitton with cash, then you are a criminal yourself. And what is interesting is that criminals don't have integrity. What do you do with a criminal that says, hey I am ready to sing?

Eusebius McKaiser, presenter

He says that whistleblowers are imperfect and not virtuous and he is very comfortable with the thought that a whistleblower can be compromised. He adds that one of the big takeaways people need to reflect on is the nature of whistleblowing in the country.

When there is a sinking ship and the rats are trampling over each other, some of the rats will try and trample over other rats in the hopes that they won't be drowning and in the process will start singing.

Eusebius McKaiser, presenter

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