The protection of whistle-blowers has once again come under the spotlight in the country.
Two South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) members, Roland Mani and Tshililo Tshimangadzo Mositho who spoke out against VBS corruption, were shot dead in Limpopo.
Mani and Mositho were both employed by the Vhembe District Municipality.
Vhembe was one of the many municipalities that invested taxpayers’ money in VBS Mutual Bank.
The incident sparked outraged from the union and the South African Communist Party (SACP).
Legal Researcher at Corruption Watch Mashudu Masutha says because of the nature of the information a whistle-blower might want to bring forward, people should be allowed to be anonymous.
Masutha adds that whistle-blowers should enjoy protection from the police in order to encourage other potential people to blow the lid on corruption.
Meanwhile, the Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) has called on police to urgently arrest those behind the murder of the Samwu members.
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