Zondo advocates for the protection of whistleblowers

Chief Justice Raymond Zondo has stated once more that his commission of inquiry found evidence of state capture. During a speech at News24 On the Record summit, Zondo said that whistleblowers won’t be around the next time if they aren’t safeguarded during state capture. After seeing how whistleblowers were punished, other people won’t come forward. Since there have been several reports of corruption, it is critical that they are properly protected. Read more: https://www.news24.com/news24/southafrica/news/if-we-dont-look-after-whistleblowers-they-wont-be-around-for-the-next-state-capture-zondo-20220901

5 Most Important Findings of Twitter Whistleblower

The former security head of Twitter is raising awareness of business practices that he claims have compromised US national security and deceived investors and authorities. Peiter “Mudge” Zatko is the most recent whistleblower from the tech sector, providing the US government with a nearly 200-page report. He was renowned for hacking. He is now outlining his main issue with Twitter. Read more on: https://edition.cnn.com/2022/08/24/tech/twitter-whistleblower-takeaways/index.html

IMPROVED PROTECTION PROPOSED FOR WHISTLEBLOWERS?

Deokaran’s murder revealed the holes and flaws in the procedures and policies now in place in South Africa to safeguard whistleblowers, leading to demands for greater safety and security from members of the general public, civil society, and even President Cyril Ramaphosa. A new strategy to improve the way the government treats whistleblowers is set to be presented to Cabinet, according to the presidency, a year after Babita Deokaran’s murder. Read more on: https://ewn.co.za/2022/08/23/new-plans-headed-to-cabinet-to-protect-whistleblowers-but-will-they-work

According to a recent study, male whistleblowers experience less backlash than female whistleblowers do.

Employees who observe unethical behavior at work are unwilling to report it out of fear of reprisal. According to recent studies, women may experience more retaliation when they raise concerns than their male counterparts. A modest rephrasing of the message, however, can lessen the likelihood of revenge for both men and women. Read more on: https://www.forbes.com/sites/kimelsesser/2022/08/09/female-whistleblowers-face-more-retaliation–heres-how-to-avoid-it-according-to-a-new-study/?sh=339ee8f2d77f

How an ethical crisis develops at work and how to deal with it

How would you respond if you were an employee and breaking the rules may cost you your job? Would you defy orders that you believe to be immoral or even illegal? To keep their employment, most people follow illegal directives.
So what do you do when you are given directives that you feel are immoral or even illegal? Nowadays, many businesses have a whistleblowing policy. The act of reporting misconduct in a specific organization to the authorities or the general public is known as whistle-blowing. Read more on: https://www.the-star.co.ke/sasa/lifestyle/2022-07-30-how-an-ethical-crisis-takes-shape-in-the-workplace/

South Africa’s big banks are warned by SARB.

The largest banks in the nation have been alerted by the Prudential Authority of the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) that they run a significant danger of being used for the financing of terrorism and money laundering. The warning comes as South Africa has been informed that due to deficiencies in combating illicit crime, it may be included to a worldwide “grey list” of countries that demand stricter scrutiny. Read more on: https://businesstech.co.za/news/banking/611028/sarb-sends-warning-to-south-africas-biggest-banks/

Mark MacGann comes forward as the Uber whistleblower

The whistleblower was identified by The Guardian as Mark MacGann, who served as the firm’s senior lobbyist in Europe from 2014 to 2016. MacGann leaked more than 120,000 documents, mostly emails but also WhatsApp chats and other types of media dubbed “Uber files.
According to a report based on the Uber Files, Uber put its drivers in South Africa in danger on purpose, which allowed it to fast transition from losing money to turning a profit while those drivers fell farther behind. In order to convince governments to reform taxi legislation on the grounds that the company would bring about economic gains, Uber, according to MacGann, ” sold people a lie.”
Read more on: https://www.businessinsider.co.za/uber-whistleblower-comes-forward-former-lobbyist-mark-macgann-2022-7

South African nurse living in the UK struck off the roll for fraud claims

A South African nurse who had lived and worked in the UK for more than ten years was struck off the British medical registration after claiming her spouse had died in order to earn over R7 million life insurance. Thulile Bhebhe, informed Aviva Insurance that in August 2016, while on vacation in Zimbabwe, Bekezela Bhebhe experienced a pulmonary embolism. She maintained the allegation for more than a year before it came to light that her spouse was still alive. https://www.medicalbrief.co.za/sa-nurse-in-uk-fakes-husbands-death-struck-off-the-roll/

World Whistleblowers Day -23 June 2022

On June 23, 2022, we will honour the courageous people who have come forward to expose any workplace wrongdoing, as well as the organizations that have embraced the whistleblowing culture and made tools available to enable for anonymous reporting. To pay tribute to world whistleblower day, lets pause for a minute to celebrate the most renowned informants. Read more on: https://www.worldatlas.com/articles/history-s-most-famous-whistleblowers.html

Medical whistleblower reinstated

Dr. De Maayer is back at work after his suspension was lifted by the Department of Health. This comes after the whistleblower revealed the appalling conditions at Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital. Read more on: https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2022-06-10-whistleblower-paediatricians-suspension-lifted-after-massive-public-outcry/

R89.4m SASSA Fraud kept hush hush

A staggering R89.4 million has been stolen through social grant system between 16 and 28 October. Postbank employees or Postbank contractors are suspected of being the perpetrators. This is the second time the SASSA payment system has been compromised since Postbank took over the social grant payment system in 2018. Read more on https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2022-03-30-the-great-sassa-swindle-postbank-theft-of-r89-4m-in-social-grants-kept-under-wraps/

Workplace: This is where you’re most likely to face moral dilemmas and temptations to act unethically.

Employees are not immune from unethical behaviour simply because they are at work. Because we spend so much time at work, it’s even more critical to teach employees how to deal with moral difficulties on the job. It might be anything from breaking the organization’s internet usage policies to lying about a deadline or wasting corporate time. These may appear to be minor transgressions but if ignored, they can escalate to far more serious wrongdoing. Employees and the organization should share responsibilities for ethical behaviour. Read here for research-based recommendations for creating an ethical work culture. https://insight.kellogg.northwestern.edu/article/building-ethical-culture-at-work

Can misconduct outside work land you in trouble?

With recent looting primarily in Gauteng and KZN, many businesses faced unexpected challenges. The country witnessed many people taking part in these acts. There are videos of these heinous acts available for everyone to view. Can employers hold employees accountable for misconduct outside of the workplace? https://businesstech.co.za/news/technology/508302/caught-on-camera-can-employees-in-south-africa-be-disciplined-for-criminal-activities/

South Africa’s new harassment guide employers need to know

According to the Code of Good Practice on the Prevention and Elimination of Harassment in the Workplace aggression, psychological abuse, GBV, racial abuse, and physical abuse are some examples of harassment that employers must be aware of to protect their employees. The new Code went into effect 18 March 2022 and replaces the Amended Code of Good Practice for the Handling of Sexual Harassment Cases in the Workplace. Employers are urged to familiarise themselves with the new guide to avoid getting in trouble. Read here to get key points for employers: https://www.bowmanslaw.com/insights/employment/south-africa-harassment-in-the-workplace-employers-to-take-note-of-their-obligations-under-the-new-code-of-good-practice/

Steps that follow after an employee is caught committing fraud in South Africa

The negative effects of fraud on any organization, no matter its size, cannot be emphasized enough. Companies primarily protect themselves against external fraud, but neglect to consider the internal threat. If suitable systems are not in place employers may lose critical information, evidence, and valuable time when faced with an incident. Time spent gathering evidence and information can lead to a suspect being tipped or the procedure being handled incorrectly. For more info on proper steps to take after an employee is suspected of committing fraud in the workplace, read here https://businesstech.co.za/news/business/537752/an-employee-is-caught-committing-fraud-in-south-africa-heres-what-happens-next/

Tips to support the whistleblower process from an HR viewpoint

When dealing with whistleblower incidents, organizations need to be practical and focused so that employees feel supported from the time the report is made until the end of the case. Failure to do so can adversely affect whistleblowers. This includes being treated as an outcast and facing emotional well-being issues. For tips read the full story at https://www.personneltoday.com/hr/legal-advice-on-how-hr-should-handle-whistleblowing-issues/

Whistleblowers aid in uncovering corruption at Lottery offices in NC

Thanks to the effort of 2 whistleblowers the SIU and the Hawks were tipped on information of how non-profit organisations were identified, then assisted to fill in application forms by NCL employees in exchange for 30% kickback of the grant amount.
A total of 7 employees of National Lotteries Commission were named in the search and seizure. NCL offices and two workers’ private houses were raided, resulting in the seizure of computers and some documentation.. Read the full story at https://www.groundup.org.za/article/hawks-swoop-northern-cape-lottery-offices-after-whistleblowers-tip-offs/

The risks of wearing too many hats in the workplace when practicing leadership

Past failures at Boeing, WeWork and Facebook show why companies should avoid having the same person double as CEO and chairman. Multiple interviews with investors, CEOs and board chairmen show that this model often leads to a lack of awareness and risk management skills and the exclusion of talented people. Read the full story at https://hbr.org/2020/03/why-the-ceo-shouldnt-also-be-the-board-chair

How to spot fraud in your company

Internal fraud can devastate any business, regardless of size. The company’s reputation, stakeholder relationships, and employee morale are all negatively impacted. There are no safe businesses. Fortunately, with the right systems in place, you can reduce the risk of internal fraud. Read the full story at https://www.mazars.co.za/Home/About-us/News-events-and-publications/Our-publications/Mazars-Messenger/Messenger-June-2019/Detect-Fraud-in-Your-Business

Ostracised for being a whistle-blower

Whistle-blowers are called by so many names, many of which are unpleasant. Coming forward and reporting takes a great deal of bravery, but such people are mostly met with resistance and people become wary of them. Why are whistle-blowers labeled as snitches? Though they play an integral part in unearthing fraud, they are treated as outcasts and often left to bear the brunt of coming forward. If given the opportunity to come forward again, would they? Read the full story at https://www.forbes.com/sites/kellypope/2018/12/26/the-truth-about-whistle-blowers/#f90ca6b6a9b3