n Journal of Public Administration - Swimming against the tide - the plight of a whistleblower in South Africa

Special issue 1
  • ISSN : 0036-0767



Corruption and maladministration, coupled with the culture of secrecy within the modern industrial system of democratic governance, are a serious epidemic with the potential of destroying the very essence of democracy. In order for governments to deal with them effectively, they need citizens / employees of conscience, vigour and exceptional courage to expose such maladies. These people, in their quest for administrative justice, are faced with the likelihood and possibility of getting both their careers tarnished and their family lives destroyed as a result of reprisals that normally accompany such disclosures. In order to encourage such disclosures, Governments have devised some protective mechanisms in the form of Protected Disclosure legislation. South Africa was no exception to such efforts. The gist of this paper is an attempt to provide a critique of this legislation in comparison with similar pieces of legislation in Australia (Queensland), Britain (UK) and the United States of America, to identify some management implications and, suggest some practical where applicable.

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