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WHISTLEBLOWING: A SILENT NOISE
Should I not hear, as I lie down in dust, The horns of glory blowing above my burial? Conrad Aiken
Vuvuzelas, firealarms and whistleblowing-sounds that can result in bleeding ears. The legal maxim ‘Quis custodiet ipsos custodes,’ or ‘who will police the police,’ is why whistleblowing, as annoying as it may be, is an essential element to counteract corporate corruption. It is an alarming fact that corporate wrongdoing has become a routine occurrence. It makes one question if corporations have lost track of their ethical compass or is it that we are paying more attention to their activities? There has been a significant increase in the number of international legislations to combat corruption in organizations. As a result of this, a number of employers have adopted these legislations in the form of employee codes of conduct, whistle blowing policies, anti-fraud and misconduct policies.