It’s too late to say sorry now! Paul O’Sullivan responds to McKinsey’s mea culpa

JOHANNESBURG — Investigative sleuth Paul O’Sullivan is unimpressed with McKinsey & Company’s latest mea culpa regarding its dodgy dealings with Eskom. On Monday morning, McKinsey’s new boss, Global MD Kevin Sneader, apologised profusely for the company’s misdeeds in South Africa, just days after paying back almost R1bn in fees. However, O’Sullivan says saying sorry is not enough as he thinks the company can and should do more, especially when it comes to laying criminal charges against errant players in this saga. Take a read of this follow-up letter that O’Sullivan has sent to McKinsey Africa’s boss Saf Yeboah – Gareth van Zyl

Dear Saf,

If the below article is true then its further evidence that McKinsey are morally broken:

Paul O’Sullivan

You cannot ‘officially apologise’ to a room full of students from Pretoria University. That’s not an ‘official apology’ that is simply trying to wipe the slate clean with your future employees.

The business model of McKinsey is inherently flawed, in that it seeks to create a super-consultancy, where McKinsey employees aspire to become super-elite and assist governments to determine how to assist McKinsey employees become super-rich, whilst walking all over those that did not see the McKinsey light.

Your presence in universities, where you prey on young brains and turn them into McKinsey loyalists, has become as overt as it is abhorrent. The Eskom/Trillian/Gupta affair has exposed the dark under-belly of McKinsey and you’re the conduct of McKinsey since that exposure has been nothing short of disgraceful.

You cannot pull the wool over the eyes of South Africans with your disaster recovery strategy, which is standing naked for all to see.

If McKinsey want to ‘officially apologise’ and start a new future in this country, you cannot do so at a private elite breakfast gathering of future employees. This is how it is done:

  1. You open a criminal docket against those employees that conspired with the Zuptoids to steal Eskom (public) funds and run the utility into the ground.
  2. The criminal docket must be a full expose on all that happened. Whom met with him, when and why and what results flowed from it.
  3. Meet with Advocate Geoff Budlender SC, he would be able to point you in the right direction. Likewise Forensics for Justice would help you open that docket.
  4. Once the docket has been opened, and ONLY then, call a media conference, and name those that did wrong and explain what they did and how much money McKinsey banked out of it.
  5. Explain what steps are being taken to prevent a repeat of this action.
  6. Set out a ‘reparation’ proposal – simply paying back the money is an insult.
  7. Then, and ONLY then, you apologise at the media conference and answer EVERY question that is put to you in an honest and transparent manner.

Only through the above process, or some acceptable variation of it, can you possibly demonstrate you are being contrite and want to make things right. Attempting to steer clear of the icebergs by preaching to your future employees is NOT the way to go.

Whilst McKinsey continue to protect themselves from the inevitable fall from grace with further opaqueness, Forensics for Justice will continue to push for the closure of their office in South Africa.

I say again: Come clean, or face the music.