Kathrada Foundation welcomes arrests | Babita Deokaran murder case

The Gauteng health official was a witness in the PPE corruption probe.

Premier David Makhura joined civil society organisations for a candlelight ceremony on 26 August 2021 in memory of slain Gauteng health senior official & corruption fighter, Babita Deokaran. Picture: @GautengProvince/Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG - The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation has welcomed the arrest of seven suspects in the Babita Deokaran murder case.

The Gauteng health official was a witness in the PPE corruption probe.

Deokaran was gunned down outside her house on Monday after dropping her daughter off at school.

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The Foundation’s Executive Director Neeshan Balton said this case is crucial in that the overall intention was to discourage many others within the public sector from being whistle-blowers.

"The speedy arrests will give some reassurance to the thousands of public sector workers if not hundreds of thousands who diligently do their work and who would want to see a clean public service.

Balton said her death is not in vain.

"These arrests if they had not been done as speedily as they have or if had they been left as the other people who have died like Babita over the last decade or more, then it would have further demoralised those good public servants who stand up to corruption on a day-to-day basis".

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