Reitumetse Makwea
Digital Intern
2 minute read
13 Nov 2021
7:00 am

Government ‘does not provide enough protection’ to whistleblowers

Reitumetse Makwea

Experts say a large part of the work of state capture commissions should be prioritise the prevention of harm to whistle-blowers.

Bikers for whistleblowers lay a wreath outside the house of Babita Deokaran, 5 September 2021. Deokaran, who was a senior finance official at the Gauteng health department, was gunned down last week Monday outside her complex in Mondeor, south of Johannesburg, shortly after dropping off her child at school. Picture: Tracy Lee Stark

In spite of growing concerns about the safety of whistle-blowers, and the “inaction” from government in response to their protection, experts say a large part of the work of future commissions of enquiry should be prioritising the prevention of harm to whistle-blowers if they want people to continue to report corruption. Former South African Revenue Service (Sars) executive Johann van Loggerenberg said the inaction of not only Sars, but law enforcement agencies, based on the documentary evidence of Athol Williams, was very concerning. Williams exposed alleged corruption at management consultancy Bain & Company where he was working and subsequently left...