Martha Ngoye’s appearance before the state capture commission last year shed more light on the multibillion-dollar contracts of Swifambo and Siyangena, which have since been declared invalid and set aside by the courts.

FILE: A screenshot of Prasa head of legal Martha Ngoye at the State Capture Commission on Tuesday, June 1, 2021. Photo: SABC Digital News/ YouTube

JOHANNESBURG – The whistleblower who exposed multi-billion dollar corruption at Prasa has called on more South Africans to speak out against wrongdoing, saying it is patriotic.

Martha Ngoye is believed to be one of the officials who helped stop Prasa from investing 1 billion rand in VBS Mutual Bank months before it collapsed.

Ngoe said in an interview Eyewitness news that while calls for protection from the government have so far yielded no results, it will continue to expose corruption as part of its duty to the country.

Ngoe’s appearance before the state capture commission last year shed more light on the multibillion-dollar contracts of Swiphambo and Siangen, which have since been declared null and void by the courts.

“If you know the truth, you should speak about it because if things are not exposed, we will never change this country and our people will continue to suffer for nothing,” Ngoe said.

She emphasized the importance of sustainability in the fight against corruption.

“When a person decides to do this, they should know that they are in it for the long haul,” she said.

Ngoye is currently suspended from Prasa as head of legal pending an internal investigation.

She believes it’s part of an effort to silence her, but says she won’t give up.

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Ngoye said efforts to get help from President Cyril Ramaphosa on security issues have not yielded results, despite her public statements.

She said she was worried that she might suffer the same fate as Babita Deakaran as she still lacks protection despite threats to her life.

Deakaran, a senior Gauteng Department of Health official, was shot dead outside her home last year after she exposed corruption in PPE tenders.

While President Ramaphosa has stressed the need to protect whistleblowers, Ngoye said this has not led to action.

“It may take an event like Babita to make people recognize that we have called on the president to do something. But nothing happens. I’m not sure what else to say,” she said.

Ngoye said that while she was constantly looking over her shoulder, she found solace in the network that whistleblowers like her have since built.

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