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State capture whistleblower has fled the country

State capture whistleblower has fled the country

Former University of Cape Town (UCT) lecturer, Athol Williams, who blew the whistle on companies and individuals involved in state capture has left the country.

“Knowing that my government offers me no protection after I’ve acted in the public interest is a disturbing reality. I implicated 39 parties in my testimony so threats could come from many places,” said Williams in a statement.

“After receiving warnings from trusted allies and a civil society organisation about a coordinated effort against me, I took the sad step to leave home, again without any help.”

He left the country on 1 November.

Williams acted as a witness into the involvement of Bain & Company in the restructuring process at the South African Revenue Service (SARS) after the company took a major hit under the guidance of former commissioner Tom Moyane. 

He said he worked tirelessly to raise concerns on the injustices in South Africa but despite this, he faced alienation from the corporate industry in the county and claims even his friends turned their backs on him. 

“It’s a tragedy that those who choose to do the right thing have their lives shattered while everyone looks on. We all need to act to fix this tragedy,” he said. 

UCT denied allegations from the lecturer that the institution offered him money to keep state capture accusations quiet. They made their own claim that Williams was distorting facts in a way that best suited his issues and concerns. 

Williams said that South African companies as well as the government had betrayed whistleblowers and witnesses. 

Earlier this year Babita Deokaran was violently murdered outside her home in Winchester Hills after being a key whistle-blower in the multi-billion personal protective equipment (PPE) funding investigation. 

Williams added that the Deokaran incident increased his concerns for his own life enormously as it showcased how little protection whistleblowers receive from authorities in South Africa. 

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