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2022-11-11 at 18:08 #382267Nat QuinnKeymaster
Close to 30 000 people have signed a petition to protect whistleblower Patricia Mashale who lifted the lid on corruption in the South African Police Service (SAPS) involving high ranking officials.
Mashale, who reportedly worked at SAPS, has been in hiding since February 2022 as she fears for her life.
THOUSANDS SUPPORT SAPS WHISTLEBLOWER
The petition was launched by Mashale after she allegedly blew the whistle on huge corruption in SAPS, implicating senior management. She has also been dismissed from her job and has no way to sustain herself financially anymore.
In the petition, the whistleblower said a threat assessment report confirmed that her life is at risk from the police, and the experienced member who compiled the report was allegedly instructed by his commander to change it which he refused to do. This was also reported to the Parliamentary Police Portfolio Committee, who should have instructed the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) to do an investigation but did not.
Mashale has accused President Cyril Ramaphosa and Minister of Police, the Portfolio Committee of Police as well as the National Commissioner of Police of not taking any significant steps to secure her safety and livelihood as they are aware of her situation. She has also taken to Facebook to share some explosive bombshells regarding the corruption she blew the whistle on.
The whistleblower also alleged that on 23 June multiple shots were fired at her brother Shawn Meyers in an attempt to kill him, however he survived after fleeing to someone else’s yard. He too has reportedly been put under pressure to disclose his sister’s whereabouts as they want to track her down.
“I have also opened a case against the Free State Provincial Commissioner for failing to perform her duties in terms of the South African Police Service Act 68 of 1995, as well as failure to act on acts of wrongdoing (corruption) of her senior management as reported by me. She has a duty to act, failure to do so amounts to criminal conduct. This docket has never been investigated and is currently archived.
“What is even more appalling is that President Cyril Ramaphosa is not practising what he has been preaching around the protection of whistleblowers. Regardless of the fact that he is well aware of my situation, I am not receiving any support as a certified whistleblower, instead I am being supported by private NGO’S, locally and internationally.”
The whistleblower further accused IPID of failing to act after she reported all the cases she brought forward as per procedure.
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