A whistleblower can be defined as a person or informant who exposes wrongdoing within an organisation or a body of people, with the hope of making it stop. Wrongdoing can constitute a lot of things, and so, for the purposes of this essay, wrongdoing constitutes an activity that might bring significant harm to other employees, the organisation itself or third parties.
In this essay, I introduce a real case of whistleblowing in an organisation. The case is more widely known as “The Pollsmoor whistleblower case” of 2007. I will begin by clearly outlining and describing the facts of the case, providing a clear and concise understanding of the actions of all the parties involved. I will do so by (1) describing the organisation within which the case is borne from, (2) giving details of the actions and events that might have led to the whistleblowing, and (3) provide more details about the whistleblower. Furthermore, I will start by outlining all the guidelines given by DeGeorge in his journal article Whistle-Blowing which he proposes to assist in deciding whether the whistleblower was morally prohibited, permissible or obligated to blow the whistle on the activities of his organisation; after which I will incorporate these guidelines to the Pollsmoor whistleblower case. Finally, in concluding, I will discuss whether the whistleblower in this case was morally prohibited, permitted or obligated to disclose the information.
The Pollsmoor whistleblower case (PW case)
Pollsmoor is a maximum security prison in the Cape Town suburb of Tokai. In its entirety, it comprises five prisons, some in other parts of the country, others in the Western Cape. However, our area of interest is the Tokai based prison (hereinafter referred to as “Pollsmoor”), a Medium A prison. It being a Medium A prison means that it houses both awaiting trial and sentenced juveniles between the ages of 14 and 17. The prison (in its entirety) holds a staff of 1278... [continues]
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