WITH corruption and fraud endemic in democratic South Africa, whistleblowers have played a pivotal role in bringing wrongdoing to light.
They have provided an invaluable service to society through disclosures about cover-ups, malfeasance and wrongdoing. Some would argue it was whistleblowing that brought down a president and the corrupt state-capture regime. In most cases, the outcomes for the whistleblowers themselves are harrowing and devastating.
Some have been gunned down in orchestrated assassinations, others have been threatened and targeted in sinister dirty-tricks campaigns. Many have been hounded out of their jobs, ostracised and victimised. They struggle to find employment and are pushed to the fringes of society.