SECTION 9B OF THE PROTECTED DISCLOSURES AMENDMENT ACT 5 OF 2017: DISCOURAGING WHISTLEBLOWING IN SOUTH AFRICA?
The Protected Disclosures Act 26 of 2000 provides protection for individuals who blow the whistle on corrupt activities in South Africa. The Protected Disclosures Amendment Act 5 of 2017 widens the scope of the original Act. This article focuses on the provision in the amendment which criminalises the disclosure of false information by a potential whistleblower. It is argued that this provision may operate as a hurdle for those individuals contemplating divulging information related to corruption.