Hijackers on Board: How one courageous whistleblower fought against the capture of SAA

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She knew she might lose her job as group treasurer, yet Cynthia Stimpel decided to blow the whistle anyway. She simply could not keep quiet about an irregular deal of R256 million at South African Airways on Dudu Myeni’s watch. It was not an easy decision, but the right one.

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She knew she might lose her job as group treasurer, yet Cynthia Stimpel decided to blow the whistle anyway. She simply could not keep quiet about an irregular deal of R256 million at South African Airways on Dudu Myeni’s watch. It was not an easy decision, but the right one. 

Cynthia was on a pilgrimage in France when she received word that a dodgy deal between BNP Capital and SAA was signed against her strict orders. She immediately sent a whistle­blowing message to National Treasury and raised the alarm in an attempt to stop the deal. 

Although she succeeded in saving SAA millions she paid a high price for speaking the truth; She lost her job and her reputation. Yet her battle against Myeni and her fellow state­capturers at the SAA was far from over. She still had to face Myeni in court and testify against her at the Zondo Commission. Hijackers on Board is a very personal state capture story that shows how one brave individual was able to change the course of history.