Protection of Information Bill will cripple whistleblowers

“In the proposed bill, the government… will have the legal right to raid the homes and offices of any citizen it feels has documents that they should not have, without having to go through the legal channels,” he told a seminar at the University of Johannesburg.

“If [whistleblowers] are able to collect evidence, where will they go to keep it safe?”

Tshishonga is a prominent whistleblower who, in 2003, exposed corruption in the department of justice.

Other speaks at the seminar were Professor Tina Uys, of the department of sociology, anthropology and developmental studies at the University of Johannesburg, and Professor Ian Currie, chairman of the International Association of Constitutional Law.

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Protection of Information Bill will cripple whistleblowers