“No bodyguards or hiding for me.” NLC fraud whistleblower

Arthur Mafokate’s old business partner Brian Mokoena has admitted that he is not terrified of the kwaito legend, according to the Daily Sun. Mokoena said that others are concerned for his wellbeing but he does not believe that getting any protection will be necessary, though.
This comes after City Press reported that the National Lotteries (NLC) got a tip in the form of an affidavit signed by Mokoena at the Midrand Police Station in 2019 about Mafokate allegedly misusing Lottery cash intended for the poor.
The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) announced on Friday, January 13, that it had seized Mafokate’s R7.5 million property in Midrand. One of five assets, including two opulent homes, a piece of land, and a farm belonging to former NLC staff members, is the 999 Music boss’ guesthouse. Read more on: https://www.thesouthafrican.com/lifestyle/celeb-news/safety-arthur-mafokate-whistle-blower-nlc-fraud-corruption-property-brian-mokoena-lotto-16-january-2023/

Keeping an eye out for hybrid workers: indicators of employee fraud and precautions for the company

While there are many well-known advantages of hybrid working, there are also substantial ongoing obstacles for companies. In light of the current economic crisis, the popularity of hybrid working has given certain employees who are motivated to act dishonestly better options. A dishonest employee may feel encouraged and anticipate their dishonest behaviour to go unnoticed if an employer adopts a “out of sight, out of mind” mentality regarding those employees who frequently work from home under a hybrid working strategy. For further information on factors that can be cause for concern and ways to lower the risk of fraud, click here: https://www.foxwilliams.com/2022/11/17/keeping-up-your-guard-employee-fraud-warning-signs-and-steps-to-protect-the-business/

Attention: South African insurance scams are on the rise.

Insurance company Hollard has issued a warning that fraud involving insurance sales, claims, and recruitment is becoming more prevalent in South Africa, putting tourists in particular danger because they often let their guard down during the holiday season.
Hollard asserted that the Covid-19 outbreak led to an increase in fraudulent activities and stated that this time of year is always marked by an increase in shady schemes as people let their guard down due to their hectic schedules during the holiday season. Read more on: https://businesstech.co.za/news/finance/652537/beware-these-insurance-scams-on-the-rise-in-south-africa/

Don’t be a money mule this festive season

The holiday season is a time to relax, spend time with family, and demonstrate love and charity to others. However, the South African holiday season is regrettably also associated with fraud. Many South Africans are anticipated to become victims of fraud during this time if history is any indication. For advice on how banking clients can better protect themselves, see: https://www.iol.co.za/business-report/budget/dont-be-an-ass-mule-this-festive-season-c56ffc16-3531-49a4-942b-44224b789a7d

Employer-friendly guide to whistleblowing

Cases involving whistleblowers can be financially and reputationally harmful to the organizations they are brought against. Therefore, it’s crucial that businesses make every effort to foster a work environment and culture that reduces their vulnerability to legal action. The actions that organizations can take include demonstrating best practices, ensuring that procedures and policies are impenetrable, having an organized system for reporting difficulties, being impartial and treating all complaints with respect, among other things. Read more on: https://www.peoplemanagement.co.uk/article/1804087/whistleblowing-guide-employers

Fleet manager for NDPP is given R3000 bail after being charged of R100K fuel card theft.

Jim Mohau Ntsasa, a worker for Bloemfontein’s Director of Public Prosecution, was detained for exceeding the R100,000 limit on his state fuel card.
Captain Christopher Singo, a spokesman for the Hawks Free State, stated that the suspicious transactions were found in April during a preliminary audit carried out at the DPP offices in Bloemfontein.
“Transactions were processed at a filling station in Bloemfontein. Investigations discovered that the suspect was using the petrol card to refill diesel in his private vehicle.” said Hawks Free State spokesperson Captain Christopher Singo. Read more on https://www.iol.co.za/news/south-africa/free-state/ndpps-bloem-fleet-manager-accused-of-r100k-fuel-card-fraud-granted-r3000-bail-25a0679a-f03c-4cde-8f27-21e56be9bf89

To combat corruption, whistleblowers need additional assistance.

Busi Mavuso, CEO of Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA), believes South Africa needs more support for whistleblowers if it is to make meaningful progress in fighting corruption. This is because the BLSA is working with the Zond Commission’s recommendations to identify mechanisms and structures to combat future corruption and help other role players meet their responsibilities. Read more on: https://www.engineeringnews.co.za/article/whistleblowers-need-more-support-in-fight-against-corruption-2022-09-19

Victory for whistleblower as court orders reinstatement

A woman received compensation for the “punishment” she suffered after bringing attention to attempted nepotism in the department. The whistleblower must be returned to his previous position in the district office, according to a labour court’s order to Eastern Cape Healthcare MEC. When she reported the event, she was even demoted. She will also receive 10 months of income as compensation. Read more on: https://allafrica.com/stories/202209130191.html

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