Rockman empowered to root

2017-03-29 06:03
The MEC for the Department of Finance in the Free State, Elzabe Rockman, passed the certified fraud examiner (CFE) examination recently. Photo: Mlungisi Louw

The MEC for the Department of Finance in the Free State, Elzabe Rockman, passed the certified fraud examiner (CFE) examination recently. Photo: Mlungisi Louw

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The Free State Finance MEC, Elzabe Rockman, is one of 13 senior state officials who passed the certified fraud examiner (CFE) examination recently.

The examination is offered by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), the world’s largest anti-fraud organisation and venerated provider of anti-fraud training and education.

Premier Ace Magashule’s spokesperson, Tiisetso Makhele, told Express the certification will improve sound financial management and good gover­nance in the public sector.

“Our goal is to have a pool of assessors who will ensure that we use internal resources to combat fraud,” Makhele said.

The exam consists of a rigorous test on the four major disciplines that comprise the fraud examination body of knowledge.

This includes fraud prevention and deterrence, financial transactions and fraud schemes, investigation and law.

Magashule congratulated Rockman for being the first and only MEC in South Africa to become a certified fraud exa­miner.

“This is a strong indication that the Free State is really committed to the fight against fraud and corruption. By becoming a certified fraud examiner, Rockman is empowered to identify the warning signs and red flags that indicate the evidence and risk of fraud,” Magashule said.

The premier also congratula­ted the director-general of the Free State provincial government, Kopung Ralikontsane, the provincial accountant-general, Anna Fourie, the Office of the Premier deputy director general (DDG) responsible for policy, planning, and coordination, Thuso Ramaema and the chief financial officer (CFO) of the Free State legislature, Quintin Hugo.

This CFE programme was coordinated and funded by the Free State provincial treasury.

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