Msunduzi tackles fraud and corruption

2015-10-21 06:00

SINCE the launch of the Msunduzi Municipality’s whistle- blowing hotline last year, a number of forensic investigations have been carried out.

Investigations were done on alleged fraud, corruption and theft related to road-marking contracts, theft of fuel, an unauthorised release of vehicles at the traffic impound site, the Vulindlela rural housing development project, private usage of municipal vehicles, conducting private business for personal gain without the consent of council, the alleged bid process manipulation and alleged attempted theft of 20 bales of toilet paper­.

In the audit committee’s report, presented at the Executive Committee (Exco), it was noted that a number of recommendations on charges of misconduct against officials, who have allegedly committed serious fraud and corruption, had not been fully implemented thus weakening governance within the municipality.

“People are reporting these issues and internal audit is dealing with some of these issues that are being reported,” commented the municipal audit committee’s chairperson Sandile Mnguni.

Democratic Alliance caucus leader Bill Lambert acknowledged the strides the municipality has achieved in combating fraud and corruption, but said he was not comfortable with the fact that those who were found to have allegedly committed the serious misconduct had not been dealt with.

The municipality’s whistle blowing is managed by auditors Deloitte and Touche. The whistle-blowing hotline is 080 100 0545 and the service is free.

Anonymous tips on fraud and corruption are also welcome by e-mailing msunduzihotline@tip-offs.com sending a free fax on 080 000 7788 or by free post to KZN 138, Umhlanga Rocks, 4320

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