Who We Are

The plight of whistleblowers is extensively documented across academic research, literature, and media articles. The pattern is undeniable: influential figures within organisations tend to retaliate against whistleblowers, rather than protect them.

Many whistleblowers have experienced harassment, demotion, or even termination. This has led to severe repercussions for these individuals, with many losing their means of livelihood. The majority have endured psychological trauma, while others have faced isolation, divorce, and financial ruin stemming from exorbitant legal expenses.

Despite concerns voiced by various non-profit organisations, members of parliament, civil society, and business associations, South Africa lacks a comprehensive resource dedicated to providing support for whistleblowers. Consequently, whistleblowers often struggle to access legal representation, financial aid, psychological assistance, guidance in drafting affidavits for relevant authorities, and a clear understanding of the actual risks they may encounter.

The Whistleblower House commenced operations on 22 February 2022, with the objective of bridging this gap by comprehensively addressing the needs of whistleblowers in South African.

Guided by our vision, mission, and values, we direct our efforts and choices, encompassing the following:

Facilitate access to:

  • Legal services
  • Psychological support
  • Financial support
  • Safety & Security
  • Engage public and private sector institutions
  • Engage with the media
  • Annual celebration of whistleblowers
  • Media engagements to celebrate whistleblowing heroes
  • Formal awards for whistleblowers

The Whistleblower House supports the Zondo Commission’s findings and is committed to aiding those who possess knowledge of or witness wrongdoing, empowering them to become whistleblowers in a safer manner. By making whistleblowing a less risky endeavor, impunity is diminished, and accountability becomes an inherent outcome.

The Whistleblower House firmly believes that whistleblowing is a necessary bulwark in the architecture of modern democracies as it:

  • Raises public awareness against abuses of power.
  • Illuminates criminal activities for law enforcement to pursue.
  • Disrupts networks of collusion within institutions.

The Whistleblower House, founded by Ivan Pillay, Dr. Liezl Groenewald, and Bianca Goodson, stands as the result of their collaborative efforts, marking them as innovative founders. With a shared commitment to fostering transparency, accountability, and justice, they established this vital institution to address pressing issues and champion positive change.

The Whistleblower House is committed to aiding those who possess knowledge of or witness wrongdoing, empowering them to become whistleblowers in a safer manner. By making whistleblowing a less risky endeavor, impunity is diminished, and accountability becomes an inherent outcome.
Whistleblower Definition

A person who, in good faith, reports unlawful or immoral activity within an organisation to an individual or entity they believe will take appropriate action to address it.

To minimise  any negative consequences for whistleblowers by:

  • Acknowledging the significance of individuals who choose to speak out.
  • Providing support throughout whistleblowers’ process of revealing institutional misconduct.
  • Promoting whistleblowing as a mechanism to foster transparency and ethical values within society.
  • Act with integrity, honesty, and transparency.
  • Execute with safety, sustainability, and empowerment.
  • Mediate with compassion, humility, and hope.
  • Provide support with dignity, love, and empathy.
  • Reconstruct with belief in a brighter future, optimism, and faith in humanity.

The Whistleblower House will achieve its vision by:

  • Enabling access to compassionate service providers, including but not limited to legal, financial, security, and psychological support.
  • Generating awareness about the significance of unveiling institutional misconduct.
  • Offering a secure environment for potential whistleblowers to openly discuss the challenges they encounter.
  • Publicly acknowledging the crucial role of whistleblowing in promoting good governance.
  • Advocating for the establishment of efficient whistleblowing management systems within organisations.
  • Collaborating with companies to facilitate employment opportunities for whistleblowers.

OUR VISION

To minimise  any negative consequences for whistleblowers by:

  • Acknowledging the significance of individuals who choose to speak out.
  • Providing support throughout whistleblowers’ process of revealing institutional misconduct.
  • Promoting whistleblowing as a mechanism to foster transparency and ethical values within society.

OUR VALUES

  • Act with integrity, honesty, and transparency.
  • Execute with safety, sustainability, and empowerment.
  • Mediate with compassion, humility, and hope.
  • Provide support with dignity, love, and empathy.
  • Reconstruct with belief in a brighter future, optimism, and faith in humanity.

OUR MISSION

The Whistleblower House will achieve its vision by:

  • Enabling access to compassionate service providers, including but not limited to legal, financial, security, and psychological support.
  • Generating awareness about the significance of unveiling institutional misconduct.
  • Offering a secure environment for potential whistleblowers to openly discuss the challenges they encounter.
  • Publicly acknowledging the crucial role of whistleblowing in promoting good governance.
  • Advocating for the establishment of efficient whistleblowing management systems within organisations.
  • Collaborating with companies to facilitate employment opportunities for whistleblowers.