Most South Africans (Pollex included) are rugby and/or soccer fans. Accordingly, the only whistle-blowers that we (until recently) knew, were those in sports.
However, the Open Democracy Bill was published during 1998 which eventually became the current Promotion of Access to Information Act 2 of 2000. While still a Bill (Afrikaans: “Wetsontwerp”), this Open Democracy Bill contained a Part 5 entitled “Protection of whistleblowers” (one word), and in the Afrikaans text, “alarmmakers”. This Part 5, however, did not make it into the Promotion of Access to Information Act 2 of 2000.
According to subsequent media reports at the time, South Africans were informed that this “Part 5” supra, would become an independent statute on its own. Hence the promulgation of the Protected Disclosures Act 26 of 2000 (in Afrikaans text: “Wet op Beskermde Bekendmakings”) which is about the procedures in terms of which any employee may disclose information, and protection for such an employee. In other words, this Protected Disclosures Act 26 of 2000, is about the traditional, time-honoured “informer” (Afrikaans: “beriggewer”). Note that nowhere in the Protected Disclosures Act 26 of 2000 one finds the word “whistle-blower”.