Ekurhuleni passes ethics exam

While the City of Ekurhuleni has proven to be in good compliance, there is an acknowledgment that more can be done to achieve a full compliance status.

Ekurhuleni received a score of 84 following an assessment of the maturity of ethics and anti-corruption capacity in Gauteng municipalities.

Commissioned to analyse and identify ethics risk, the assessment served as a basic gap analysis for municipalities to assess their anti-corruption capacity between May and June 2017.

The assessment is informed by 2015 Local Government Anti-Corruption Strategy – Integrity Management Framework.

Scores were defined using the following compliance rating scale:

• Full compliance: 100

• Good compliance, but minor improvements can still be made: 75

• Moderate compliance: 50

• Weak compliance; minor progress has been made, but there is still a long way to go: 25

• No compliance: 0

The ethics and anti-corruption maturing assessment focus on various indicators obtained through an electronic and paper-based survey format.

These indicators include the state of leadership in terms of council commitments, community ownership focusing on the availability of avenues to the public to report allegations of non-ethical and corrupt practices and mechanisms for prevention and resolution.

In terms of governance, the indicators examine the existence of audit committees, Municipal Public Accounts Committees, Council Disciplinary Committee or/and Council Ethics Committee.

The assessment further includes prevention of unethical and corrupt practices through the promotion of professional ethical culture, municipal values statement, code of conduct adopted by the city, anti-fraud and corruption policies and procedures, amongst others.

The Ethics Institute highlights the municipality’s ability to detect unethical behaviour using internal auditing, analysis of information, whistle-blowing mechanisms and data management.

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Other important key indicators during the assessment involved the Integrity Management Framework, policies relating to investigations, resolution, monitoring and reporting, risk management processes and awareness campaigns.

While the City of Ekurhuleni has proven to be in good compliance, there is an acknowledgment that more can be done to achieve a full compliance status.

In this regard, the city’s intervention to acquire a full compliance status includes:

• Rigorous consequence management;

• Enhanced communication strategies;

• Enhancing processes for addressing community concerns;

• Sustained training and awareness campaigns;

• Measurement of ethics through performance management;

• Independent Commissioner of Integrity that will enforce the COE Integrity Framework;

• Screening and vetting of suppliers and other high-risk stakeholders.

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