Sue and Bogart Salute Whistleblowers
- By: Sue Peiser
- Short URL: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/sue-and-bogart-salute-whistleblowers
“Everything Fred Astaire did, Ginger Rogers did backwards and in high heels.”
From Watergate to the #GuptaLeaks, we have seen the power of well-organized investigative journalism leading to the demise of both an American and South African President. Whistleblowers were central in both cases as corruption is a victimless crime.
Investigative journalism around the #GuptaLeaks/State Capture required two courageous whistleblowers, trusting The Daily Maverick enough, to come forward, at huge risk and cost to themselves. They faced serious financial implications as well as physical threats to their and their families lives.
The Daily Maverick paid all their relocation costs out of the country. A fund housed within a Public Benefit Organisation has been set up to take care of future whistleblowers. Funds will be used to pay for their legal, relocation and safety costs.
The Zondo and Nugent Commissions of Enquiry and others, resulting from the #GuptaLeaks into State Capture, bear testimony to the marginalization of whistleblowers, their pain and the physical and financial cost to themselves.
I pay tribute to and salute all whistleblowers. I will be raising funds for them in a small gesture which will see me climb the Westcliff steps in high heels with Humphrey Bogart, my Standard Poodle, accompanied by a superb and fun group of friends who will join me on 2 March 2019.
I have chosen to do this because not everyone can climb “Mount Kili” (which is really high) and survive the Cape Epic (which is really hard and long!)
How you can get involved:
- Make a donation of any amount to support the brave individuals who spoke out to protect our country from further harm. All donors will be eligible for a Section 18A tax exemption certificate issued by Inkululeko SA Media NPC (PBO No. 930059387).
- Help Us Spread the word: Please Share This Campaign on Facebook with a personal message of support to the whistle blowers. Tag a few friends and family members to your post to reach an even wider network!
- Create your own crowdfunding campaign on BackaBuddy to raise funds for our cause. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
- Feb 13, 2019 - R 500.00
- "Here's looking at you kid." - Angelo
- Feb 12, 2019 - R 205.64
- "Congratulations on the initiative Sue and dear Bogart" - KB
- Feb 10, 2019 - R 205.64
- "What a wonderful initiative! Wishing you much success in your fundraising endevours ...and navigating those stairs in high heels!!" - Anonymous
- Feb 07, 2019 - R 5 000.00
- "Sue salutes Whistleblowers" - M J Leeming
- Feb 04, 2019 - R 410.00
- "Great idea and effort Sue! Have fun." - J & A Macduff
- Feb 02, 2019 - R 514.10
- "Well done Sue ....and Bogart" - Pauline Fulton
- Jan 31, 2019 - R 514.10
- "Great initiative - well done Sue. " - James
- Jan 30, 2019 - USD $ 65.17
- "A Noble Cause supported in true SP style. Xx" - Samuel Gordon Hughes
- Jan 29, 2019 - R 2 000.00
- "Cant wait to see the pics! " - Iza & Willem
- Jan 24, 2019 - R 514.10
- "Do it with a spring in your step, Sue" - Linda & Mike
- Jan 22, 2019 - R 2 056.40
- "Giving Sue a step up" - Dippenaar
- Jan 21, 2019 - R 2 056.40
- "I'm with Bogart." - Edwin
- Jan 18, 2019 - R 5 141.00
- "Well done Sue!" - Brian
- Dec 11, 2018 - R 507.50
- "Well done Sue for making a difference and having such initiative! Much love, Fiona" - Fiona Allenberg