#1  S04.E01 - The wrong side of right, counting the cost for whistleblowers

The Wrong Side of Right, Counting the Cost for Whistleblowers. As many of you may know, the first part of the Zondo Commissions report was published on 4 January 2022. The fifth and final part was published on 22 June 2022. This after four years of an enquiry and investigation which was preceded by two painstakingly long years and resources that cost taxpayers millions to uproot and uncover the plethora of ills that had been taking place in South Africa.

For context, the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture, Corruption and Fraud in the Public Sector including Organs of State, better known as the Zondo Commission or State Capture Commission, is a public inquiry established in January 2018 by former President Jacob Zuma to investigate allegations of state capture, corruption, and fraud in the public sector in South Africa.

At the handover of the Zondo Commission Report, President Cyril Ramaphosa paid tribute to the commission’s staff, the whistleblowers and journalists who exposed and uncovered corruption, as well as former public protector Advocate Thuli Madonsela, who set the process in motion by recommending the establishment of the commission. Since then, several allegations made by whistleblowers across various incidents have taken centre stage and exposed the depth of corruption in South Africa.
But one of the things we need to remember as we seek to ensure that we are ready to tackle any future state capture and corruption, is that the protection of whistleblowers is paramount.

Yet, with all this revealed, and acts of courage by whistleblowers being revered, why is it that whistleblowers bear the brunt of being crucified for the truth while the perpetrators enjoy the benefits of protection and impunity? In this episode host Masechaba Mdaka is joined by whistleblower, Ms Mathapelo More and Ms Pusetso Morapedi of the Platform to Protect Whistleblowers in Africa.
Season 4 / Episode 1 21 Mar 2023 English South Africa Politics · Government

Other recent episodes

S04.E05 - UN-CUT: Saying No to FGM and Child Marriages

In this momentous season finale episode, the recording of the Let’s Talk Human Rights podcast takes centre stage in Siha District, nestled within the vibrant Kilimanjaro Regions of Tanzania. Our host, Masechaba Mdaka, is joined in person by two remarkable individuals, Elizabeth Mushi and Daniel Siphael, representing the Kilimanjaro Women…
Season 4 / Episode 5 46 min

S04.E04 - Knowing Your Digital Rights, Part 2 - The State VS the People

This is part two of the episode taking an in depth look at digital rights and digital security. In this episode, we will delve into the practicalities of overcoming the challenges of censorship,surveillance, and strategies curtailing freedom of expression. In our modern era, where we champion various freedoms and associated…
Season 4 / Episode 4 53 min

S04.E03 - Knowing your Digital Rights, Part 1 - The Murky Space of Cyberspace

Africa is undergoing a remarkable transformation with an exponential surge in internet connectivity, marking a significant milestone in the continent's technological advancement. However, this commendable progress in bridging the digital divide comes with a stark and concerning juxtaposition – Africa finds itself trailing behind in the crucial realm of cybersecurity…
Season 4 / Episode 3 38 min

S04.E02 - Access denied! My right to self not authorised. The plight of LGBTQIA+ communities

“Access Denied! My right to self not authorised” The plight of LGBTQIA+ communities in an increasingly intolerant world”. In 2019, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation launched a campaign titled “An African Thing”. The significance of this campaign was to empirically document how many instances in various African cultures and societies where…
Season 4 / Episode 2 50 min