SABC’s whis­tle Dixie

The Star Early Edition - - OPINION & ANALYSIS -

WHIS­TLE-blower has steadily be­come a global term since it be­came cur­rent in Amer­ica in the 1930s. As most peo­ple know, the term refers to an in­sider who ex­poses dis­cred­itable se­crets about an or­gan­i­sa­tion for whom she works.

The US Se­nate estab­lished July 30, 2014 as the first Na­tional Whistle­blower Ap­pre­ci­a­tion Day.

Some would say this was a bit late in the day, and the Amer­i­can press has tended to fo­cus on re­cent no­ta­bles, such as Ed­ward Snowden, who to­gether with Bradley (now Chelsea) Man­ning or­gan­ised the amaz­ing Wik­ileaks scan­dal.

Whis­tle-blow­ers were ul­ti­mately suc­cess­ful in bring­ing about the down­fall of for­mer US pres­i­dent Richard Nixon and the im­peach­ment of Bill Clin­ton.

We have our whis­tle-blow­ers too. The bravest of re­cent times were those who pub­li­cised the al­leged of­fers made by the Gup­tas to them.

They in­clude for­mer deputy min­is­ter of fi­nance Mce­bisi Jonas, ex-min­is­ters Themba Maseko, Bar­bara Ho­gan, Ngoako Ra­matl­hodi, as well as Vytjie Men­tor. So far there have been no ma­jor le­gal con­se­quences. Nev­er­the­less, the prac­tice is en­cour­aged in un­ex­pected places: “The whis­tle-blow­ers hot­line is solely for re­port­ing sus­pi­cions of fraud or cor­rup­tion.”

This is, iron­i­cally, on the SABC form for re­newal of TV li­cences. Who could they have in mind?

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