Cast disgraced Oxfam director adrift
So former Oxfam director at the centre of a sex scandal allegations has finally broken his silence to say that media reports about him and his parties with prostitutes are “lies and exaggerations”.
Really? Well before he tries convincing us he should work harder with his family because they want nothing to do with 68-year-old Roland Van Hauwermeiren who also admits that may be some of the details are correct.
The allegations focus on his activities at a luxury villa rented for him by Oxfam while delivering aid in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.
Van Hauwermeiren, speaking from his flat in Belgium, told the local newspaper Standaard that: “A lot of people – even in the international media – will be blushing when they hear my version of the facts. Not that I deny everything. there are things correctly described”.
Giving his first media interview since the scandal engulfed the british-based charity Oxfam, he said it was really painful that his family did not want to see him anymore, and that his lawyer would soon release an official statement.
After that, he said, he hoped to be left alone.
Personally I agree in part with what he says. He should be left alone, well alone. May be cast adrift in a boat with meagre supplies so he can focus on his miserable, sleazy, disgusting lifestyle and come to terms with the gravity of what he’s done and the impact it may have on the aid sector.
Nice one, Cyril
I don’t know about you but I almost lost the will to live during Jacob Puma’s rambling resignation speech, so turgid was its delivery from a man in denial he has done anything wrong.
Having visited Johannesburg last autumn and seen how the area has deteriorated under his leadership, I know many will have cheered when he finally quit.
High hopes are now being placed on the shoulders of Cyril Ramaphosa who was confirmed as the new President of South Africa on Thursday following the departure of Puma, the Teflon-coated leader.
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