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December 24
We remain unrelenting in fighting corruption

WHEN President Cyril Ramaphosa launched the District Development Model last year, he identified eThekwini Municipality as one of the pilot sites for the implementation of the programme. Among the reasons eThekwini was selected is that the City remains the economic powerhouse of the province.

It is therefore significant that we continue to unrelentingly root out corruption whenever we encounter it. As the Anti-Fraud and Corruption Week was recently commemorated, it was an opportunity to pause and reflect on the strides we have made as a country in eradicating fraud and corruption both in the public and private sector. In line with maintaining good governance and ensuring consequence management, government and business must work together to prevent malfeasance in our operations.

Bearing testimony to this is the establishment of a fully-fledged unit in the form of the City Integrity and Investigations Unit (CIIU). This unit receives allegations and complaints relating to fraud, corruption and maladministration from complainants and whistle- blowers and investigates them thoroughly.

To date, 65 cases have been opened with the South African Police Service and we are confident that the law enforcement agencies will leave no stone unturned in bringing those implicated to book. There is a total of 196 Municipal officials that have been disciplined for fraud and corruption related cases. We also have 40 employees that have resigned after realising that the net was closing in on them. Scores are on unpaid leave while others have been demoted or dismissed. The narrative that is fanned that the City is doing nothing to fight fraud and corruption is therefore baseless.

Having the CIIU operate independently is a clear demonstration that we are committed to rooting out fraud and corruption as it hinders our agenda of development. In fact, we have declared zero tolerance when it comes to maladministration because it stands in the way of service delivery. If not adequately addressed, it could render our Municipality dysfunctional as warned by Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma during a recent oversight visit to the City.

It is also imperative to warn the public against people who have been using the name of the Municipality and the Office of the Mayor to fleece members of the public. We reiterate that for anyone to be awarded a tender, they do not need to pay any fee upfront except to pay for tender documents. It is also a criminal offense for a City official to demand money from anyone to secure a job. The CIIU can be reached on their toll-free number 0800 202020. The complainant can remain anonymous.

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