Don’t blow that whistle too loudly
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.