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Former Eskom whistleblower Suzanne Daniels Picture: Nhlanhla Phillips/African News Agency/ANA

Former Eskom executive is expecting a call from state capture inquiry

Daniels called for the strengthening of whistleblowing laws in a bid to protect those who expose corruption.

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Former Eskom whistleblower Suzanne Daniels Picture: Nhlanhla Phillips/African News Agency/ANA

Suzanne Daniels, Eskom’s former company secretary and head of legal and compliance, challenged the legal system in South Africa to do more to protect whistleblowers.

On Thursday, the former Eksom executive sat down for an exclusive interview with African News Agency (ANA), to give her point of view on the issue of rogue employers.

Daniels was critical in exposing the multibillion-rand corruption scandal that bled the power utility dry.

She detailed how fearful she was for her life, how she was not protected by authorities and the rollercoaster ride it was emotionally, to have to live like that.

“Just the human side of whistleblowing, I don’t think our laws have actually looked at protecting people. They also have not looked at employers’ conduct. I used to tease that I’ve always been an overachiever but I didn’t think I’d overachieve in these things because I must be the only person who’s been suspended three times and face five sets of charges in a space of six or seven months. I’ve been ostracised, vilified and those kinds of things but my skin is thicker because I know what I did was right,” Daniels stated.

She could not hold back her disappointment in the way the state handled the issue. According to her, they did little to deal with the discrediting of her claims and she expected a lot more protection.

Daniels is more than keen to testify at the state capture inquiry

Answering questions on whether she has, in any way, been involved with the commission of inquiry into state capture, she confirmed that she was never asked to testify.

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However, she did indicate that should Deputy Chief Justice Zondo, who chair’s the inquiry, ask for her testimony, she would be more than happy to take the oath and assist where she possibly can.

Daniels noted that she is aware of the threats involved in resurfacing as a whistleblower at that level.

“We have had several break-ins and attempted break-ins. I have had to up the security at my house. I live with a number of security cameras around, the alarm is always on and the police are on high alert. It’s quite a different life because you have to think about [being] out in the garden or hosting a party. I don’t even walk my dogs anymore. It’s a risk doing those things,” she stated.