Stop harassing whistle-blowers
This week, three employees of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) had to resort to the courts to stop the hierarchy in the institution from summarily transferring them to faraway posts in other provinces without their consent.
The three officials are being investigated in connection with leaking information to City Press about the appointment of Deputy Police Minister Maggie Sotyu’s daughter, Boniwe, to the position of deputy investigations director in the Free State.
Boniwe Sotyu bagged the job ahead of more experienced candidates and did not have the required qualifications or experience required for the post.
In Parliament, head of security Zelda Holtzman was frogmarched out of her offices by junior staff this week when she returned to her office after a 30-day period of suspension had expired without any action being taken against her.
Holtzman was suspected of being behind information that Parliament secretary Gengezi Mgidlana was allegedly abusing VIP blue lights for personal use.
These two separate cases involve the powers that be acting against their juniors because they either exposed wrongdoing or are suspected of leaking information to the media about irregularities in their institutions.
Instead of acting on the improper conduct of those exposed by media coverage, the institutions have gone on a witch-hunt against suspected whistle-blowers.
We urge these institutions to shift their mindsets and, for once, embrace transparency and the proper use of and accounting for state resources.
The truth will come out sooner or later. The energy that is being expended on the intimidation of suspected whistle-blowers is better spent in ensuring clean governance.