n Communicare : Journal for Communication Sciences in Southern Africa - Whistle blowing in the organization : wrongdoer or do-gooder?

Volume 23, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0259-0069



In his speech at the Anti-corruption Summit Conference in Cape Town in 1998, the deputy president of South Africa said that the culture of entitlement, so prevalent in our community, had contributed to the 'name it, claim it' syndrome where individuals sought an elusive moral justification for engaging in criminal activity and that public servants were obliged to serve the public with integrity (Speech of the ...: 1998 [O]). <br>Although the problem of corruption can be traced back to the 1960s in America and the 1980s in South Africa, the concept of whistle blowing has become an important phenomenon in modern organizations in the last decade. Subsequently, it is clear that the concept of whistle blowing should be conceptualized in terms of a theoretical framework to provide a context for the analysis thereof. The main aim of this article is therefore to conduct an exploratory study, based on a comprehensive literature review, to explore, elucidate and critically assess the current status of whistle blowing in South Africa. <br>The first section of this article explores the development and theoretical perspectives on the concept, and proposes perspectives on whistle blowing as a communication phenomenon. The second section deals with the current status of whistle blowing in South Africa in terms of legislation and ethical considerations. The last section operationalizes the whistle blowing process and proposes criteria for dealing with whistle blowing in the organization.

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