Whistleblowers’ hotline in full swing, says mayor

2014-12-17 00:00

MORE than 185 cases where reported to the Msunduzi Whistleblowers hotline in the first two months of its implementation.

Mayor Chris Ndlela said that in August 110 cases were reported and 75 in September.

The Msunduzi Whistleblowers hotline and service delivery charter were launched with great fanfare at the city hall in August this year. Ndlela said that judging from the cases being reported, it appears to be serving its purpose.

The mayor said he was given the details when he attended a meeting of the internal audit unit. Complaints were both against municipal staff and ­residents. Cases reported included: theft of municipal property; abuse of ­overtime; a complaint of a municipal ­employee involved in an alleged ­house-breaking; abuse of municipal ­vehicles; illegal building constructions; copper theft as well as several tip-offs about residents who were stealing water and electricity from the municipality through illegal connections.

Ndlela said all cases were being investigated and the internal audit unit would provide written reports to council on their completed investigations.

The mayor added that the figures so far showed that with the implementation of the hotline the municipality was making progress in dealing with fraud and corruption. Addressing a full sitting of the Msunduzi council last week, he urged councillors to act above board at all times. “We have that responsibility, we must be able to forsee the outcome of certain actions, if you cannot do that, you cannot lead,” he said.

• The Msunduzi Whistleblowers’ hotline number is: 080 100 0545 or you can e-mail: msunduzihotline@tip-offs.com.

• The hotline is up 24 hours a day, every day.

Anonymity is assured. Complaints must be about unethical behaviour, bribery, corruption, theft and fraud.

• nalini@witness.co.za

Checklist before calling the hotline

• Names of people involved.

• How many people are involved?

• Date and time of the incident or theft.

• Do you have any proof?

• Does this happen regularly?

• Where did the incident take place?

• Is there money involved?

• Are there any witnesses?

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