Launch of the International Fraud Awareness Week

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THANDI XABA

The Provincial Department of Social Development officially launched the International Fraud Awareness Week in Bloemfontein today (Tuesday) with the campaign being headed by the department’s Security Anti-theft and Corruption unit.

It is to raise awareness among employees about their rights and responsibilities in reporting suspected acts of fraud and corruption.

The department’s Investigating Officer Mokgobo Nteo says fraud and corruption robs the country of its benefits and needs to be handled.

"Our message is very clear, fraud and corruption robs us of the benefits of our democracy, so now to assist our government in this regard, we must at all costs, try to take out any kind of corruption wherever it is trying to manifest. By making other people aware of their responsibilities it will be assistance to our government to achieve its sole mandate of service delivery and developing the lives of our people," he says.

The department is set to extend this awareness crusade to their beneficiaries and committee members in Early Childhood Development (ECD), co-operatives and youth organisations.

Nteo says this will help make the organisations specifically aware of issues of fraud and corruption since the department is funding their operations.

He adds the campaign will also ensure accountability and correct handling of the funds. The campaign will be in Welkom tomorrow (Wednesday 19th) and Thabo Mofutsanyana Qwa Qwa on Friday, 21st. 

"We have realised that most of the reporting comes from these districts," explains Nteo regarding their choice of the three districts.