Call for whistleblowing culture in SA

2011-10-17 17:30

Cape Town - A whistleblowing campaign was launched in Cape Town on Monday with a call to create a culture of exposing corruption.

Alison Tilley, head of the Open Democracy Advice Centre, said at the event that there was a desperate need to create a culture of whistleblowing in South Africa.

"Corruption and fraud costs South Africans in excess of R100bn each year. It is eating at the very fabric of our society," Tilley said.

"Fighting corruption starts with individuals. Small acts of courage can have a massive impact."

National Whistleblowing Week is funded by the Dutch embassy.

Support for whistleblowers

The campaign seeks to encourage South Africans to blow the whistle on corruption, and equip potential whistleblowers with access to information on the Protected Disclosures Act.

The act supports and protects whistleblowers.

"We are very concerned that the number of whistleblowers is dropping. We want to encourage them to keep coming forward," Tilley said.

Research by Transparency International had ranked South Africa 55th out of 180 countries in a 2009 Corruption Perceptions Index.

"The very core of what we stand for as a nation is in danger. It is up to the person on the street to stand up and say no to wrongdoing in all sectors of business and government," Tilley said.

National Whistleblowing Week could not have come at a better time in South Africa, she said.

The launch of the event was marked by a 3m high whistle at Church Square in the Cape Town city centre.

Dozens of passers-by were handed whistles and encouraged to "blow" to show their support for the campaign.

- Campaign website.

  • Larry - 2011-10-17 17:44

    An awful lot of whistles will be needed! Corruption is so rife now, an island will be needed to house the prisoners, if ever they are brought to justiceā€¦. which I very much doubt will happen.

  • Anneleen - 2011-10-17 18:02

    good idea!

  • Heinrich - 2011-10-17 18:05

    We must compete against the deafening sound of the Gravy Train whistle. Thuli Modonsela's office should have a hotline for anonymous whistleblowers, who should be given a reference number for each case reported, for follow up reasons.

  • phathuchicos - 2011-10-17 18:14

    R100 billion is a lot of money...that money could change NSFAS into a full blown bursary or fund the NHI scheme or upgrade our aging infrastructure or used to subsidise goods manufactures or farmers inorder to create a competetive country that could rivals european and asian ones. i thought politicians were stealing around R100 milion per year. now thats scary.

      Herman - 2011-10-18 07:44

      What's scary is that the (A)frican (N)ational (C)ircus is stealing the money from ALL of SA and yet they being the CORRUPT ones, wants US to pay more, toll fees & NHI to give just two examples...

  • kriekv - 2011-10-17 18:22

    Tutu can't you pray for our country the ANC is Finacially bleeding us dry? Thuli Modonsela's job is nice to have in the goverment structure. Zuma will see that no corruption by cronies appointed by him be touched.It is called arrogant stupidity?

  • curbylee1 - 2011-10-17 18:45

    Why all the stupid remarks about gravy train, white and black piviledged nad the not previledged..?? Get ova yourselves and see what the subject is about, you trolls... All we need to say it is good and should hv been implemented long time ago. You cannot say what will happen cause you dont know the bloody future...The past is gone and we don't need to redress anything. The only thing that needs redressing is South Africans' attitude towards each other. Let's BLOW AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS...

      Yar - 2011-10-17 20:35

      @Overprivileged Do I infer from your comment that you want to steal my stuff. Go and earn your own.

      Mark - 2011-10-17 22:53

      @overpriveleged. It sounds like you want some of this wealth-distribution yourself. Is this the "shortcut method" to personal wealth?

  • Wayne - 2011-10-17 18:46

    Seriously...??? On one hand we call for whistlers and blowers whilst on the other the ANC wants to put them in jail... hmmm... intriguing concept...

      Yar - 2011-10-17 20:38

      Well spotted Wayne

  • Benmica - 2011-10-18 14:51

    This corruption come from Jan van Riebeeck, through Simon van der Stel and right through the NP. They have all been corrupt. The ANC just took that what they inherited a step further...

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