AU’s annual anti-corruption day focuses on whistle-blowers

African Anti-Corruption Day (AACD), held every year on 11 July, aims to recognise the progress that has been made in fighting corruption across the continent, and reiterate the need to move with the times in developing approaches to end corruption. It also provides an opportunity to reflect on the catastrophic consequences of corruption on the Read more >

Business sector whistle-blowers raise their game

When one thinks of whistle-blowers, it is easy to only think of those who expose irregularities in the public service. However, there is a whole community of business sector whistle-blowers out there, and they are stepping up the pace, according to a new report by global risk and compliance firm Navex. For organisations looking to Read more >

Whistle-blowers take centre stage on WWBD

By Janine Erasmus World Press Freedom Day (WPFD), marked every year on 3 May, is a day of both reflection and reminders – the former giving media professionals a chance to think about issues of press freedom and professional ethics, and the latter prompting governments to respect their commitment to press freedom. But WPFD is Read more >

State capture whistle-blowers hailed on 23 June

Every year on 23 June we remember whistle-blowers around the world who have braved threats to their lives and livelihoods to expose corruption on both small and large scales. We also reflect on what we, as a society and as individuals, are doing to make the environment for blowing the whistle more enabling and encouraging. Read more >

More protections for SA whistle-blowers on the way, but will they work?

By Neil Coetzer, Maricia Smith, Bavukile Magagula, and Anthony AndrewsFirst published on Business Day During June 2023 the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development published a discussion document on proposed reforms for the whistle-blower protection regime in South Africa. Taking its cue from the criticism of the Protected Disclosures Act of 2000 by the Zondo Read more >

New CSO to focus on protecting, advising climate whistle-blowers

Image: Flickr/crustmania By Kwazi Dlamini Newly established French-based civil society organisation Climate Whistleblowers seeks to bring to light the plight of whistle-blowers exposing environmental transgressions against governments and big companies. Launched on 5 June 2023 – World Environment Day – the organisation also aims to throw its weight behind protecting those who speak out against Read more >

Make whistle-blowers the focus of the law, CW says in DoJ submission

Any changes to the whistle-blower protection legislative regime have to acknowledge whistle-blowers as the focal point, and the objective to ensure their broadest possible protection should be a foundational principle of the legislation and the starting point for the drafting of any definitions. This is the submission by Corruption Watch to a discussion paper proposing Read more >

CW calls for harsher sentences in cases involving harm to whistle-blowers

By Belinda PhetoFirst published on News24 Corruption Watch has called for harsher sentences in cases involving whistle-blowers. The organisation was responding to the sentences handed down to the killers of Babita Deokaran, a senior health official at the Gauteng Department of Health. She was assassinated after flagging suspicious payments worth R850-million to shell companies and Read more >

Comment on proposed reforms to SA’s whistle-blower protection regime

The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development (DoJCD) has issued a call for written public comments on proposed reforms to South Africa’s legislative whistle-blower protection regime. Proposals are contained in a discussion document which may be downloaded for perusal. The 162-page document’s release follows recommendations made in the report of the Zondo commission, and President Read more >