JOBS AND TENDERS ARE NOT FOR SALE!
*Caption: The Ethekwini Municipality board members at the #AntiFraud campaign event that was held at the Durban City Hall on Monday
Written by: Samkele Sokhela
As the world commemorates International Fraud and Corruption Awareness Week, the Ethekwini Municipality held a corruption awareness event at the Durban City hall on Monday where they educated the public on how to report crime.
Ethekwini Mayor Cllr Zandile Gumede said that the whole objective of the event was to launch an anti-corruption campaign and emphasised that fraud and corruption crimes are among the serious obstacles that are negatively affecting social development.
“Today we are launching the #AntiFraud and corruption movement, where we are saying jobs and tenders are not for sale. We are warning the fraudsters to stop what they are doing because they will be arrested. Corruption is a serious crime that needs to be tackled, because it limits the government’s ability to provide vital services such as water and education to poor communities,” said Gumede.
She added that the municipality is extremely serious and committed to fighting corruption and believes that, with the support of forensic experts, whistle blowers and investigative officers, a highest decrease of corruption crimes in Ethekwini is probable.
“We are confident that we are going to slowly fight this through, with the help of our officers and whistle blowers, it’s possible. And whistle blowers shouldn’t be scared because they have a right to remain anonymous. By that they are protected. We encourage the public to report fraud and corruption whenever and wherever they see it,” concluded Gumede.
Head of City Investigations, Mbuso Ngcobo also shared similar sentiments. Additionally he encouraged the public to not be afraid of reporting suspicious activities happening in communities.
“To stamp out crime and corruption, we need everybody’s support. We urge the public to report suspicious activities they are witnessing in communities in this Toll free number: 0800 20 20 20,” said Ngcobo.
The municipality also launched buses at the event which they are going to use when travelling to different parts of Durban, as they plan to visit and educate the public about reporting fraud and corruption.