Heroes under Fire

Author:  Open Democracy Advice Centre

Publication Date:  March 2015

Abstract:  When we consider the actual experiences of citizens who blow the whistle in South Africa, it becomes clear that the ambitious constitutional principles that promote transparency are not enough to create a safe environment for those that speak out on wrongdoing. Whistleblowers in South Africa make decisions to blow the whistle based on their strong desire for justice, but because of these acts can become isolated and vulnerable. While their stories should be read and considered as a way of acknowledging these often silenced voices, as an organization the Open Democracy Advice Centre has also been able to use these narratives to identify the key policy and legislative changes necessary to make the environment better for them.

Full Citation:  Open Democracy Advice Centre. ‘Heroes under Fire: South African Whistleblower Stories’. Open Democracy Advice Centre, March 2015.

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