Many whistleblowers have been harassed, demoted or dismissed. This has resulted in devastating consequences for whistleblowers. Many have lost their livelihoods. Most have suffered psychological trauma. For others, ostracization, divorce, and financial ruin due to high legal costs have followed.
Although concern has been raised by numerous NPOs, members of parliament, civil society and business associations, no dedicated, full-spectrum resource exists to support whistleblowers in South Africa. As such whistleblowers are often adrift in accessing legal counsel, financial help, psychological support, assistance with the preparation of affidavits to relevant authorities and evaluating the real risks they may face.