Be cautious about the messages you send on WhatsApp in South Africa

Hanno Labuschagne

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Be cautious about the messages you send on WhatsApp in South Africa

The dismissal of 10 Discovery Health employees over messages sent on a WhatsApp group has highlighted the importance of refraining from making defamatory remarks on online-based platforms.

These employees were fired after it was discovered they had created a WhatsApp group in which they “shared information and messages that were clearly prejudicial to and derogatory of the company”.

The employees had created the group as a support platform after contracting COVID-19, but Discovery Health CEO Ryan Noach said one of the members of the WhatsApp group shared the content of the conversations, which included planning and initiating efforts to maliciously shut down the company.
 

The Door

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The same would have happened no matter what the platform but for some unexplained reason, people are quicker to do silly things on WhatsApp than email. Probably more accessible and quicker.
 

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The employees had created the group as a support platform after contracting COVID-19, but Discovery Health CEO Ryan Noach said one of the members of the WhatsApp group shared the content of the conversations, which included planning and initiating efforts to maliciously shut down the company.

Who was the snitch?

Colleagues are not your friends!
 

r00igev@@r

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Well the employees were idiots but so is Discovery. Using corporate lawyers to intimidate employees without the financial recourse to do the same.
And the snitch? Eish!
The fundamental problem is that the employees have been fired but the underlying problem that gave cause to their issues hasn't been addressed. Just avoided.
 

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Well the employees were idiots but so is Discovery. Using corporate lawyers to intimidate employees without the financial recourse to do the same.
And the snitch? Eish!
The fundamental problem is that the employees have been fired but the underlying problem that gave cause to their issues hasn't been addressed. Just avoided.
Discovery, address issues? Man we could do with rain here.
 

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Stupid is as stupid does.

If you do not know by now that anything said on any online form of social media or communication are not private. If you are dumb enough to bad mouth the company you work for on social media or WA then well..
 

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I agree. If you plan to maliciously disrupt or shut down the company you work for then you deserve to lose your job.
If you have issues with your employer then address it via legal means or go find another job like the rest of us who don't feel like going the HR/CCMA route.

My guess is that these ex-employees won't find work elsewhere because they are useless dead weight and hence why they'd rather be vindictive towards their employer. They'd fit right into the EFF fold - destruction and vandalism from a bunch of spoilt brats.
 

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Can you imagine the backlog now at Discovery - their favourite excuse for the last five years.
 
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