The Fraud Awareness Campaign
How to Detect Fraud
The fight back by government against fraud and corruption is visible and is gaining momentum. Each of us on a daily sees or hears something that is untoward within our midst. Once you hear of maladministration do you keep it yourself or do you report it to the respective units that are dedicated to report fraud allegations.
For you to be able to detect corruption or fraud, the first step is to know its characteristics:
- An act by anyone employed by the State who undertakes an activity which is against policy, this act can be in cohorts with external parties.
- Abuse of authority by a person in a position of leadership.
- Pressure that is placed on a subordinate to conduct themselves outside the parameters of the law/ of Code of Conduct in the Public Sector.
- Employee abuse of State resources ; e.g. by arriving late at work, leaving early, not delivering, taking leave without submission of leave forms, and using the State’s facilities for personal gain.
- Collusive behavior.
- Tender irregularities through d illegal processes towards awarding of tenders, appointment of officials within an organization.
- Paying of bribes to an official by service provides; or in turn officials asking for bribes to render government services.
- Irregular grant funding; circumventing issuing of grant funding to beneficiaries with the aim of getting personal returns, sitting on awarding panels with vested interest/ conflicted interests.
- Fronting by companies of NGO’s from a funding perspective, by using alternate credible companies as a conduit to get funds from the State which are later transferred to disreputable and non-compliant beneficiaries.
- Applying for funding from the State or doing business with the State whilst under the employ of the State.
The Department of Arts and Culture wants us all to partner together in identifying these acts and bring them to account in line with prescribed laws within the criminal justice system. We are committed to reduce the opportunities that exist to commit fraud until there are none.
Let’s all Act Now and Stop Corruption. Call the National Anti-Corruption Hotline at 0800-701-701.
“Few people begin their careers with their goal of becoming liars, cheat and thieves. Yet that turns out to be the destiny of all too many”- Joseph T.Wells
The Department of Arts and Culture is rolling out its annual fraud prevention and awareness programme, internally and to its Public Entities. The aim is to create awareness about fraud and corruption and its implications on people’s livelihood and service delivery.
The Department has had too many themes to count, however, people get greedier, financial processes get weaker, and numerous socio-economic factors lead those in authority and within access of systems to breach them to their advantage.
So this year we are saying Act-Now-Stop the corruption scourge. Help us protect the legacy of great stalwarts like Nelson Mandela and Mam’ Albertina Sisulu, and join us on social media , via e-mail, and keep on reading the messaging that we will be sending.
Act Now Stop – Fraud and Corruption