OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT CYRIL RAMAPHOSA
Dear President Ramaphosa,
I am an ordinary citizen of no particular significance except for my love and commitment to a functional South Africa and its people. As a result of my ordinary status, I understand that this letter and its contents may never reach your eyes and ears. I get and understand that, but I will write the letter anyway Mr President. I do so with a distant hope that it might somehow find its way through to you and for your attention on the critical matter raised in this letter.
Mr President, my writing this letter to you is also necessitated by the feeling we sometimes get as ordinary citizens that our leaders, including you Mr President, seem to be talking a lot about and above us, but not with us. In any functional democracy, such a state of affairs would be an anomaly. Therefore, Mr President, please indulge me and allow me, with respect, to talk to you about a niggling matter that I feel is of national importance.
Mr President, the matter I wish to respectfully address and bring to your attention is the protection and support for the whistle-blowers in South Africa. I believe this is a critical matter that is not getting the sufficient attention it deserves. Mr President, whistle-blowers are a vital component in any rational and serious fight against corruption. Whistle-blowers risk their lives and that of their families to ensure that our country does not go down the drain as a cesspool of unbridled corruption. They live a life of constant fear and vigilance in case something very bad happens to them and/or their families.
Mr President, as whistle blowers we have suffered a lot of harassment, victimisation and persecution for daring to take a stand and exposing corruption even at the highest echelons of public and private institutions. We have been subjected to the worst forms of abuse that left many of us with psychological scars that should make us doubt the correctness of our decision to expose corruption. Mr President, we have at times been made to feel that we are the villains and scums of the earth just for doing what we believe is the right thing for our country.