I-NPA Ithi Yenza Konke Okusemandleni Ukuvikela Abampimpa Inkohlakalo

Written by on 6 December, 2021

By: Sthulile Mdletshe

National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Head Shamila Batohi says they are looking at innovative ways to protect whistle-blowers.

The murder of Gauteng Health Department official Babita Deokaran, who blew the whistle about tender fraud linked to the procurement COVID-19 personal protective equipment, raised eyebrows on the safety of witnesses.

Deokaran, who was a key witness for the Special Investigating Unit, was killed outside her home.

Followed her death, former partner at BAIN SA, Athol Williams, who had also linked several top official in fraud and corruption, fled the country for safety reasons after the government failed to offer him any protection.

Batohi has told a media briefing that the government needs to urgently review its current approach to protecting whistle-blowers.

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