South Africa – Webinar: How the corrupt use legal tactics to retaliate against whistleblowers

“Corruption is a crime of calculation, not passion, and it happens under the cover of darkness and not in the public eye”

Mthabisi Moyo

On the 28th of March, the Platform to Protect Whistleblowers in Africa (PPLAAF), the Friedrich Naumann Foundation and the Daily Maverick hosted a webinar on the retaliatory tactics used against whistleblowers. 

‘Blow the Whistle: How the corrupt use legal tactics to retaliate against whistleblowers’ was hosted by Mark Heywood, editor of Maverick Citizen who was in discussion with Mthabisi Moyo, anti-corruption and human resources governance consultant, and Avani Singh, attorney of the High Court of South Africa. 

The webinar focused on the gaps in protection for whistleblowers as afforded by the Protected Disclosures Act (PDA), South Africa’s principal whistleblower protection legislation. Although whistleblowing is a highly effective anti-corruption tool, the PDA can be used to intimidate and stifle whistleblowers. The courts, therefore, have the duty to stop this misuse from occurring. 

Watch the Webinar here:

Read about Occupational Detriment here:

PPLAAF is a non-governmental organisation established in 2017 to protect whistleblowers, as well as to advocate and engage in strategic litigation on their behalf when their revelations deal with the general interests of African citizens.

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