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Call for a Whistle-Blowing Culture in South Africa
Source: SA - the Good News
Source Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government, ICT for MDGs, Knowledge Management in Government, Citizen Engagement, Institution and HR Management, Internet Governance
Country: South Africa
Created: Oct 25, 2011

"We are very concerned that the number of whistle-blowers is dropping. We want to encourage them to keep coming forward," Tilley said.

Research by Transparency International had ranked South Africa 55th out of 180 countries in a 2009 Corruption Perceptions Index. "The very core of what we stand for as a nation is in danger. It is up to the person on the street to stand up and say no to wrongdoing in all sectors of business and government," Tilley said.

The City of Cape Town has its own Whistle-blowing Policy which seeks to promote a culture in which employees feel able to raise genuine and valid concerns without fear of victimisation, discrimination or disadvantage. In terms of the policy, every employee has a responsibility to disclose any criminal or other irregular conduct in the workplace. This is in line with the City’s commitment to the highest standards of openness, integrity and accountability.

Any member of the public, including residents, suppliers, companies and external parties can call the City’s toll-free anti-corruption hotline on 0800 32 31 30 to report suspected corruption – anonymously or otherwise.

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