Why this website documenting the investigation and your response to it?
My name has been tarnished in the public domain – I have a responsibility to clear my name without being defensive, rather by publishing the facts.
What do you hope to achieve through this website?
I want to create a better understanding of what I sought to achieve in my time at the Gauteng Department of Public Transport, Roads and Works. Unlike most government officials, in my nine years as HOD of a provincial government department, one thing I did best was take decisions, unlike my counterparts in other departments. I focused on implementation, put myself in the in the firing line, and took responsibility for my actions.
I am proud of my record in government; I made things happen.
I also wish to clear up any misconceptions – but most of all, I want to celebrate my time in government.
There’s been some bad press about you in the past. How do you respond to this?
My name was unfairly dragged through the mud by the media. There are two sides to every story, and I feel that some of the reporting was unreasonably biased. I want to set the record straight by giving my side the story.
What’s your biggest regret about not continuing as HOD of the Gauteng Department of Public Transport, Roads and Work?
No regrets; I could not continue working in a space where I was not welcome. I think it was the best decision to leave.
What was your biggest achievement while HOD?
Service delivery innovation.
Would you like to work in government again?
I have committed many years to working for the government, and it was a rewarding experience. Who knows what the future holds?