City’s ‘whistle-blowing hotline is operating effectively’

2015-09-07 08:08
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THE city’s whistle-blower hotline has received a “positive response” which is proof that Msunduzi residents are willing to work with the municipality.

This is according to city manager Mxolisi Nkosi who said yesterday the public and municipal employees should be thanked for reporting incidents of alleged fraud, corruption, theft and gross irregularities.

He encouraged all deputy municipal managers to take “firm action” against fraud and misconduct in their areas of operation. “The whistle-blowing hotline is continuing to operate effectively and matters are being reported separately to the Strategic Management Committee on a quarterly basis,” said Nkosi.

Nkosi said he believed the posters in the city are playing a big role as they are always in the eyes of the public.

The report to the executive committee yesterday indicated that reporting on illegal electricity connections had risen sharply.

It said 20,33% of all calls via the whistle-blower hotline in the first quarter of the 2014/15 financial year related to illegal connections. This figure rose quickly to 55% in the second quarter and to 76,33% in the third quarter of the same financial year.

“This is a worrying trend which might indicate that the fight to reduce losses incurred through theft of electricity is being lost and drastic strategy is required,” said Nkosi

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