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Protect your business by protecting your whistle-blowers
Protect your business by protecting your whistle-blowersArticle

It is the professional duty of business leaders to protect whistle-blowers. The C-suite of any organisation ultimately has a responsibility to make sure they protect the company's bottom line...

Zaakir Mohamed 21 Apr 2021

Why companies should encourage and not victimise whistle-blowers
Why companies should encourage and not victimise whistle-blowersArticle

Companies should be actively encouraging employees to blow the whistle on corporate issues, ethics or concerning behaviour, without fear of risk or harassment, because an effective whistle-blowing programme is of immense value to the business...

13 Apr 2021

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Whistle-blowers in South Africa are treated as pariahs in spite of their moral courageArticle

Recent reports of the looting of relief funds meant for managing the Covid-19 pandemic have once again shone the spotlight on the abuse of power in South Africa. They beg the question as to how it can be prevented...

Theresa Onaji-Benson, Elmé Vivier, Gideon Pogrund & Mollie Painter 26 Oct 2020

Covid-19 TERS fraud hotline launched
Covid-19 TERS fraud hotline launchedArticle

If you are aware of fraud, especially related to the distribution of monies to help workers through the worst effects of lockdown, now is your chance to blow the whistle and help bring fraudsters to book...

15 Oct 2020

First VBS conviction as former VBS executive goes to jail
First VBS conviction as former VBS executive goes to jailArticle

The former Venda Building Society (VBS) Bank Chief Financial Officer, Philip Truter, will spend seven years behind bars after pleading guilty to charges of fraud, corruption, money laundering and racketeering...

7 Oct 2020

New claims and questions from City Press journalist
New claims and questions from City Press journalistArticle

The latest enquiries from the City Press journalist regrettably seeks once more to elevate anonymous emails beyond their merit...

Professor Ihron Rensburg, Issued by Vaal University of Technology 7 Aug 2020

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"Turn down your radio" campaign launched by NAB against GBVArticle

The National Association of Broadcasters SA and its radio members across the nation have launched the "Turn down your radio" campaign to fight the relentless onslaught of gender-based violence in South Africa...

15 Apr 2020

Eskom COO, Jan Oberholzer
Eskom board orders investigation into COOArticle

The Eskom board has ordered an independent investigation into allegations of corruption against its chief operating officer (COO) Jan Oberholzer...

20 Mar 2020

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28 Jun 2019

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Marianne Thamm on the crucial role of whistleblowers and investigative journalists in defeating corruptionArticle

On Wednesday, 10 April 2019 I snatched up the rare opportunity to spend most of my lunch hour with Marianne Thamm, the incredibly smart, candid natural storyteller who has witnessed the harshest violence as an investigative journalist, as well as the hope, resilience and fortitude of South Africa. Here's what you missed...

Leigh Andrews 10 Apr 2019

The ABCs of anti-bribery and corruption
The ABCs of anti-bribery and corruptionArticle

Corruption is a reality throughout the world. For any organisation, the financial and reputational risks that follow incidents of corrupt activity can be quite severe...

Zaakir Mohamed 11 Mar 2019

SIU investigations yield arrests for medico-legal fraud
SIU investigations yield arrests for medico-legal fraudArticle

A probe by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) has led to the arrest of a prominent attorney in Mthatha, Eastern Cape, relating to fraudulent medico-legal claims estimated to be over R100 million.

26 Feb 2019

#BizTrends2019: Speaking of things yet to come
#BizTrends2019: Speaking of things yet to comeArticle

Whilst it is exciting to think of the future and to guess what may or may not come to pass, it is also an undertaking that requires deep reflection...

Sizakele Marutlulle 18 Dec 2018

FMRC: Reward whistle-blowers
FMRC: Reward whistle-blowersArticle

The South African government should consider setting up a programme that will reward persons who blow the whistle on alleged corruption in the financial sphere, a draft report on financial market conduct has recommended...

5 Sep 2018

Kenyan politicians threaten media
Kenyan politicians threaten mediaArticle

Kenyan parliamentarians harass journalists following corruption allegations...

6 Aug 2018

Kenyan president should not sign cybercrime bill into law
Kenyan president should not sign cybercrime bill into lawArticle

Kenyan legislators have passed a wide-ranging bill that will criminalise free speech, with journalists and bloggers likely to be among the first victims if it is signed into law...

15 May 2018

Era of mega leaks: A lesson from Panama Papers
Era of mega leaks: A lesson from Panama PapersArticle

The time is now ripe for organisations to employ forward-looking risk mitigation and reputation management strategies. The story of the Panama Papers has changed the world...

Victor Moreriane 29 Mar 2018

Public Protector investigating "irregular" recruitments at Prasa
Public Protector investigating "irregular" recruitments at PrasaArticle

The recruitment processes for several senior employees at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) in the Western Cape were "irregular" and in breach of company policy...

Barbara Maregele 7 Feb 2018

People's Tribunal takes on economic crime
People's Tribunal takes on economic crimeArticle

The People's Tribunal on Economic Crime in South Africa will open its first hearings at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg on Saturday, 3 February 2018...

2 Feb 2018

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Ace Magashule's wild Free State: Activists faced intimidation, whistle-blowers fledArticle

Death threats and intimidation drove one man to leave the country after exposing crumbling conditions within the province's health system...

Laura Lopez Gonzalez 26 Dec 2017

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2017 Daily Maverick South African Persons of the Year: The Whistle-blowersArticle

In 2017, the horrifying extent of State Capture finally became clearer to the South African public. And we would still be languishing in the dark were it not for the whistle-blowers: the handful of courageous South African men and women who did not remain silent in the face of wrongdoing, but stood up and spoke out...

Jessica Bezuidenhout & Rebecca Davis 22 Dec 2017

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Pauw case raises tricky questionsArticle

Questions are being asked about how the confidentiality provisions of the Tax Administration Act are aligned with legislation providing for whistle-blowers and freedom of expression...

21 Dec 2017

Corporates need to step up to fight corruption
Corporates need to step up to fight corruptionArticle

At a recent seminar hosted by Webber Wentzel and Linklaters, corporate South Africa was urged to take the lead in fighting corruption and maladministration...

23 Oct 2017

Legal protection for whistle blowers
Legal protection for whistle blowersArticle

The levels of corporate wrong doing being uncovered at the moment highlights the need for employees to stand up and blow the whistle...

Johan Botes 22 Sep 2017

Seven tips for combatting white-collar crime
Seven tips for combatting white-collar crimeArticle

White-collar crime costs the South African economy a huge amount every year. One expert puts the figure at R930 million a year, and poor conviction rates are estimated to be driving a 50% rise in this kind of crime...

6 Feb 2017

Suspended treasurer's hearing to be held at the CCMA
Suspended treasurer's hearing to be held at the CCMAArticle

Suspended SAA treasurer, Cynthia Stimpel has won a small but important victory in the Labour Court after the national airline agreed to hold her disciplinary hearing at the CCMA...

Nicky Smith 24 Aug 2016

Challenges to media freedom in South Africa
Challenges to media freedom in South AfricaArticle

As World Press Freedom Day was celebrated on 3 May 2016, marking 25 years since the adoption of the Windhoek Declaration on Promoting an Independent and Pluralistic Media, The Right2Know Campaign issued its comments...

4 May 2016

2016: Year of the consumer snitch
2016: Year of the consumer snitchArticle

Never waste a good crisis - this advice to business leaders was bandied about during the global financial meltdown and subsequent recession. Well, another crisis is on the way and winners and losers across our economy will be determined by whoever seizes or wastes the opportunity...

Aki Kalliatakis 1 Dec 2015

First world protection for South African whistle-blowers
First world protection for South African whistle-blowersArticle

The high profile global media attention around whistleblowing has underlined its relevance to all organisations across the globe...

4 Aug 2015

Aki Kalliatakis
The big new risk for business... being KFC'd on social mediaArticle

Getting a 'roasting' from the eye-witness consumer is a growing risk for business now that social media can broadcast even the appearance of questionable behaviour. To be more specific, a brand can be 'KFC'd'...

Aki Kalliatakis 14 May 2015

R2K condemns recommitment to Secrecy Bill
R2K condemns recommitment to Secrecy BillArticle

Right to Know (R2K) condemns the return of the Secrecy Bill and is dismayed at reported comments of the Minister of State Security, praising the Bill and recommitting government...

13 May 2015

Employers must examine internal whistle-blowing procedures
Employers must examine internal whistle-blowing proceduresArticle

Whistle-blowing is defined as raising a concern about wrongdoing within an organisation. The Protected Disclosures Act, No 26 of 2000 (PDA), was enacted to protect whistle-blowers and to help combat corruption...

Fiona Leppan and Nick Wright 19 Mar 2015

Doros Hadjizenonos
2015: the year when businesses safeguard themselves from cybercrimeArticle

Last year was a difficult time for businesses when it came to cybercrime...

Doros Hadjizenonos 23 Jan 2015

Anton Harber
Freedom of media under threat even in top democraciesArticle

Significant threats to media freedom are coming from unexpected places, the World Editors' Forum heard in Turin, Italy, last week...

Anton Harber 20 Jun 2014

Labour Court quotes DLA Piper report
Labour Court quotes DLA Piper reportArticle

A research report issued by DLA Piper, which contained a South African chapter quoting the head of the Employment Practice at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr, Aadil Patel, has received the attention of the South Africa judiciary system, when it was quoted in a judgement delivered in April this year in the South African Labour Court.

14 Apr 2014

Anton Harber
Investigative journalism deserves to be honouredArticle

Once a year, I sit down to read the best of the previous year's investigative journalism. Judging the Taco Kuiper Award is a highlight of my calendar.

Anton Harber 4 Apr 2014

Ed Herbst
The disturbing silence of the FXI lambsArticle

'MMA has viewed the headline news bulletins from SABC1, SABC2 and SABC3 and can confirm that no mention of the booing incident was made in any of the bulletins.'

Ed Herbst 4 Feb 2014

New York Times, Guardian call for Snowden clemency
New York Times, Guardian call for Snowden clemencyArticle

WASHINGTON, USA: The New York Times and Guardian newspapers have called for clemency for US whistle-blower Edward Snowden for his revelations on US government spying.

3 Jan 2014

New legal hotline launched to report bad lawyers
New legal hotline launched to report bad lawyersArticle

A new hotline to report wayward lawyers has been launched.

12 Sep 2013

Leniency and criminal prosecution - useful guidance from the UK
Leniency and criminal prosecution - useful guidance from the UKArticle

A hot topic has been the conclusion of fast-track settlements between the commission and various firms in the construction industry for their involvement in collusive conduct.

Leana Engelbrecht and Kayley Keylock 15 Aug 2013

Calls for Manning to get Nobel Peace Prize
Calls for Manning to get Nobel Peace PrizeArticle

OSLO, NORWAY: Supporters of Bradley Manning, the US soldier convicted of espionage for leaking secret files to WikiLeaks, presented a petition to the Nobel Institute on Monday (12 August) backing his nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize

13 Aug 2013

Whistle-blowers' details go public
Whistle-blowers' details go publicArticle

Hackers cracked into the website of South Africa's police and downloaded information that could leave whistle-blowers vulnerable, the police and a government data agency said Wednesday (22 May).

23 May 2013

World's press protests against seizure of AP's phone records
World's press protests against seizure of AP's phone recordsArticle

WASHINGTON, US / PARIS, FRANCE / DARMSTADT, GERMANY: The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) and the World Editors Forum have protested to United States Attorney General Eric Holder against the seizure of thousands of Associated Press phone records, saying the action damages US news reporting and provides encouragement to repressive regimes around the world.

22 May 2013

Anton Harber
Information bill a small victory for SA's citizensArticle

We need to learn to celebrate the big victories, and not dwell on the small defeats. The Protection of State Information Bill currently awaiting President Jacob Zuma's signature is a victory for organised citizens' power.

Anton Harber 17 May 2013

Paddy Hartdegen
Everyone at Eskom should be switching to gasArticle

I would hope that everyone at Eskom - not only its chief executive, Brian Dames - would be using gas rather than electricity to make something tasty for supper. We wouldn't want our chief executives, or anyone else at Eskom, going hungry at night when they have to keep the power feeding into the homes of millions of South Africans.

Paddy Hartdegen 9 May 2013

R2K to host protest parties across SA today
R2K to host protest parties across SA todayArticle

Protest parties and street carnivals in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban today will mark World Press Freedom Day. Supporters are asked to wear red and black as a sign of their opposition to the National Key Points Act and the passing of the Secrecy Bill.

3 May 2013

Call to MPs to reject Secrecy Bill
Call to MPs to reject Secrecy BillArticle

The National Assembly will vote to pass the Protection of State Information Bill (the Secrecy Bill) today, Thursday, 25 April 2013. Right2Know states that members of the National Assembly must not betray our democracy. It calls on MPs to vote with their conscience and reject the Secrecy Bill.

25 Apr 2013

Auditors told to sweep corruption under the carpetArticle

Auditors have allegedly been intimidated and forced to cover-up evidence of corruption in municipalities according to a report in Business Report over the weekend.

30 Jul 2012

Zapiro wins 2012 IPA Freedom to Publish Prize
Zapiro wins 2012 IPA Freedom to Publish PrizeArticle

For his exemplary courage in upholding freedom to publish, Jonathan 'Zapiro' Shapiro has been named the recipient of this year's IPA Freedom to Publish Prize. IPA President YoungSuk "Y.S." Chi formally presented the award during the closing ceremony of the 29th Congress of the International Publishers Association (IPA) at the CTICC on 14 June 2012.

12 Jun 2012

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