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Fraud and Corruption Under the Spotlight
Fraud and corruption came under the magnifying glass this week as the city commemorated International Fraud Awareness Week. A hard hitting seminar on fraud and corruption, brought to light the immense magnitude of the problem globally, inspiring investigators, auditors and fraud examiners to intensify their fight against this scourge.  

The seminar, hosted by the City Integrity and Investigations Unit (CIIU) in partnership with the Association for Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) created a much needed platform for engagement on issues of fraud and corruption, and encouraged all role players to elevate good governance.

Citing numerous global examples where people in power were convicted of corruption, Mbuso Ngcobo, Head of CIIU said, “Corruption happens at the expense of millions of poor people still waiting for a better life. EThekwini wants to leave an indelible mark by seizing an opportunity to share ideas, experience and knowledge with an array of experts. We have to work together if we are to end fraud and corruption. It is everyone’s responsibility.” 

He continued, “The City Integrity and Investigations Unit operates autonomously and remains determined to put an end to fraud and corruption in the city. Its operations are yielding positive results and it continues to operate without fear or favour. According to the Auditor General’s report, CIIU saved the City R32m in possible irregular expenditure through its proactive investigations. This is an achievement we are proud of.”    

Cllr Thabani Luthuli, Chairperson of Municipal Public Accounts Committee, who represented Mayor Zandile Gumede, said, “We must root out the culture of corruption in our society. Nobody must bribe or pay an official to get government contract. People must not treat it as a norm that they must buy cool drink for police officer in order to get their driver’s license. Nobody must be forced or bribed to award a tender to a particular individual. Our message is clear, no to corruption and bribery.” 

Jaco de Jager, CEO of the ACFE said, “Corruption is really a crime against humanity. It is important for everyone to start taking the high road. Say no to fraud and corruption, do what is right, speak about it among colleagues, create fora to share information, and most of all, stand up against corruption and take the fight forward.” 

Please report any incidences to 0800 20 20 20 or email ombuds@durban.gov.za.​
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