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Whistleblowers call for more protection, State Capture report recommends – SABC News

Whistleblowers for Change says it hopes the Zondo Commission report won’t just be another document gathering dust.

The body, which includes people who testified to the State Capture Commission, said it would like to see the state implement the recommendations made by Acting Chief Justice Raymond Zondo regarding whistleblower protections. . They also believe the life of former senior Gauteng Health official Babita Doekaran would have been spared had the state taken witness protection seriously.

Lawyer John Clarke on whistleblower protection:

Whistleblowers are calling for fundamental reforms to protected disclosures law. This includes adequate protection and a whistleblower body to form. Martha Ngoye testified about Prasa to the Zondo Commission.

“The pace is very slow. During his testimony before the State Capture Commission, the state president alluded to whistleblower protection. Since then, what has been done to protect whistleblowers? Babita Doekaran must have lost her life. We know of witnesses who could not even be named. We asked that it not just be a chat room, but that something be done. »

Whistleblowers also want South African legislation to conform to that of the United Nations Convention against Corruption. UN policy provides for the physical protection of such persons.

Thandeka Gqubule-Mbeki testified about the Stratcom allegations before the Zondo Commission.

“The current system does not encourage the whistleblower to hide. We agree that the Good Faith Whistleblower is duty enabled. We agree with the recommendations of the creation of the anti-corruption agency. We further believe that such an agency should be independent and impartial.

Among the whistleblowers who responded to the publication of the first part of the Commission’s report are the former director of operations of Bosasa, Angelo Agrizzi, and Bantu Holomisa of the UDM, who denounced the PIC. Holomisa urged whistleblowers to continue their good work but not align themselves with the state.

“What you are doing reminds me of a civil society, which played a major role in bringing apartheid to its knees. I don’t mean you have to campaign against the government. But, I think you would be making a big mistake if you were to allow yourself to be part of a government institution. Stay independent and be vigilant.

Whistleblowers call for more protection, State Capture report recommends – SABC News

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