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Protected Disclosures ACT Quiz

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This short quiz on the the Protected Disclosures Act has been created to test your knowledge on lessons learned from the Open Journalism Workshop of the Open Democracy Advice Centre.

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  • 1. 
    What is the name of the law which seeks to protect whistleblowers who blow the whistle in an employment relationship?
    • A. 

      The Promotion of Access to Information Act.

    • B. 

      The Protected Disclosures Act.

    • C. 

      The Whistleblower Act.

    • D. 

      The Promotion of Administrative Justice Act.

  • 2. 
    Whistleblowers can be seen by investigative journalists:
    • A. 

      Just one possible source of information which can be verified.

    • B. 

      A source of information which does not need to be verified.

    • C. 

      As not being a source of any information.

  • 3. 
    In looking at the state of blowing the whistle in South Africa, how many South Africans said - when interviewed in 2011 - that they believed whistleblowers should be protected?
    • A. 

      10%

    • B. 

      None.

    • C. 

      87.5%

    • D. 

      57.8%

  • 4. 
    Which of these options is not an aim of the Protected Disclosures Act?
    • A. 

      It reassures workers with genuine concerns that there is a safe alternative to silence.

    • B. 

      It promotes better accountability.

    • C. 

      It aims to provide mechanisms to help people blow the whistle.

    • D. 

      It creates criminal offences for those who blow the whistle incorrectly.

  • 5. 
    If an employee makes a protected disclosure and then receives occupational detriment, this is deemed by the law:
    • A. 

      To be automatically fair.

    • B. 

      To be automatically unfair.

    • C. 

      To be fair.

    • D. 

      To be unfair.

  • 6. 
    The definition of an employee in the Protected Disclosures Act does not  include service providers and independent contractors.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 7. 
    You should first refer a dispute arising from the Protected Disclosures Act to:
    • A. 

      The Constitutional Court.

    • B. 

      The Magistrates Court.

    • C. 

      The Competition Commission.

    • D. 

      The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration.

  • 8. 
    The media is one of the entities that can receive a generally protected disclosure under clauses 7 and 9 of the Protected Disclosures Act.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 9. 
    The Protected Disclosures Act protects you from criminal prosecution as a whistleblower.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 10. 
    The Protected Disclosure Act protects disclosures made by:
    • A. 

      Employees.

    • B. 

      Any South African.

    • C. 

      All people.

    • D. 

      Employers.