Fraud and corruption can completely cripple the operation of state organs. This has emerged at a three day Cifal Conference, held at Docklands Hotel, which concluded today, 14/06/12.  
 
The eThekwini Municipality hosted delegates from African countries and other South African Municipalities and Government Departments to discuss and share measures to fight fraud and corruption.
 
African countries have identified corruption as the main hindrance to service delivery. Corruption accounts for the loss of millions of rands which could have been wisely used to advance the lives of the people.
 
The Municipality’s Speaker, Cllr Logie Naidoo, said all stakeholders needed to speak with one voice in order to root out corruption. “Sharing information could help come-up with amicable solutions. Government agencies should walk the talk and corruption must be reported,” said Naidoo.  
 
The Chief Audit Executive of the eKurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality, Thabo Chiloane said government should have extensive awareness campaigns to ensure that officials are responsible and the symptoms of corruption are dealt with.
 
“Information sharing is an issue which needs ongoing collaboration of various stakeholders, such as proper justice system must be in place in order to mitigate the scourge of corruption,” said Chiloane.
 
Councillor, Action Nyamukondiwa of the Kadoma City Council, Zimbabwe, said corruption in his Council is rife in such a way that Council workers are bribed in order to unblock manholes.  
 
“To ensure good governance and to reduce corruption needs everyone’s effort and civil servants should comply with policies, plans and procedures regulating the government,” said Nyamukondiwa.
 
The conference was attended by Mayors, Councillors, Municipal Managers, Chief Financial Officers, senior Municipal officials and non Governmental organisations.
 
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For more information contact the Municipal Spokesperson, Mr. Thabo Mofokeng on 031 311 4820 or 082 731 7456 or e-mail mofokengthabo@durban.gov.za. 
 
Issued by the eThekwini Municipality’s Communications Unit, contact Khaya Sengani on 031 311 4808, 083 339 6065 or email senganik@durban.gov.za.