Don’t blow that whis­tle too loudly

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THERE WAS AN in­ter­est­ing – in­deed, in­struc­tive – jux­ta­po­si­tion of sto­ries in a morn­ing pa­per the other day. On page four, Pub­lic Ser­vice & Ad­min­is­tra­tion Min­is­ter Geral­dine Fraser-Moleketi – who has al­ways struck me as one of our wor­thy Cabi­net mem­bers – was re­ported as telling Par­lia­ment that whis­tle-blow­ing is a “pa­tri­otic duty” to com­bat cor­rup­tion, which is a di­rect im­ped­i­ment to Africa’s de­vel­op­ment and ham­pers progress to­wards sound gov­er­nance.

On page three, West­ern Cape pro­vin­cial coun­cil­lor Robyn Carlisle was slammed by Pre­mier Ebrahim Ra­sool for al­leg­ing that MEC Leonard Ra­mat­lakane gained R9 000 from an in­ter­est-free loan to pay for tax ar­rears on his travel al­lowance. Ra­sool al­leged Carlisle got his in­for­ma­tion from “leaked in­for­ma­tion” and abused leg­isla­tive priv­i­lege in a “de­plorable man­ner”.

Now it’s true that leaked in­for­ma­tion may be un­re­li­able. Those who use it must ac­cept that it can back­fire. Carlisle must face the mu­sic for that. Prob­lem is, Ra­sool seems to be com­plain­ing at the very use of “leaked in­for­ma­tion” at all. Maybe he should have a word with Fraser-Moleketi.

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