Rooting out corruption in the City

2016-10-25 06:00

THE eThekwini Mayor Zandile
Gumede reiterated her commitment to rooting out corruption in the City and ensuring good governance
during her weekly report-back to the executive committee last week.

Gumede asked municipal officials and the public to report any suspicions they may have of corrupt behaviour immediately to the City’s Integrity and Investigations Unit to be thoroughly investigated.

“As I said in my inaugural speech, I am serious about tackling corruption in the City. This cannot be done overnight as processes have to be followed.

“I will report back to this committee on progress made in this regard,” she said.

Her commitment that the City means business and can be trusted to efficiently manage the public purse is evident in the Back to Basics Report for August.

The report states that 219 fraud and corruption instances were reported in August, with forensic investigations initiated for all the cases.

There were 45 disciplinary cases instituted on fraud and corruption during August with seven dismissals for fraud and corruption during the month. Furthermore, sanctions have been made against perpetrators of fraud, corruption and maladministration.

Gumede, in her address, said eThekwini was a caring City and this was evident through various initiatives to empower residents.

In an effort to improve service delivery a high-level delegation, comprising senior political leadership and officials, will visit various service delivery sites in eThekwini to assess the working environment of staff and evaluate the level of service rendered to the public.

These visits began this month, aimed at inculcating a culture of excellence in the public service, instil and rebuild good ethics, morale and professionalism.

A report tabled before the Executive Committee today outlined the roll-out in eThekwini, which has been divided into five regions that will be visited by teams during Public Service Week.

Public Service Week forms part of Public Service Month, which is an important national Batho Pele vehicle. The roll-out will run until December.

Councillors from each sub-committee in the City will be assigned to the teams.

Public Service Month is a service delivery mechanism aimed at strengthening visibility and access by taking quality services closer to where people live. It is an annual service delivery event embraced by all spheres of government.

As part of the visits, there will be engagement sessions with ratepayers as well as exhibitions, campaign initiatives and interventions. This is an opportunity to take services to the people and assess the progress of implemented programmes.

Teams will visit service centres such as Sizakala Customer Service Centres, libraries and clinics to assess the service offered to the public and how it can be improved in five regions.
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