South Africa: Counting the Cost Two Years After Blowing the Whistle


Two years ago, I testified in Parliament about the malfeasance at Eskom. I felt unburdened as the truth was finally out. In my mind, speaking the truth was paramount and, if I did so, someone in charge would do the right thing. Little did I know what was to follow.

I have learnt that misconduct by people in high places is a dangerous thing to reveal. After telling Parliament about wrongdoing at Eskom, I have been threatened, harassed, demonised and confined to my house for a time.

As happened with the whistle-blower in KwaZulu-Natal, statements were issued regarding the threats I received, but no support was forthcoming. I did receive action and support from the local police and my security company when it came to responding to my calls. This made me believe in humanity again. It took me a very long time to get over flinching at every sound I heard in the quiet of the night.

My own organisation shunned me in the worst way possible. I became the scapegoat and an easy target, while those who were actually responsible left without much fanfare. I was warned by the then CEO that the organisation would make my life...

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