City of Ekurhuleni passes ethics exam with flying colours

The Ethics Institute (TEI), a Gauteng municipal integrity initiative project, has given the City of Ekurhuleni a thumbs up after it assessed the city’s ethics and anti-corruption management maturity.

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, said Themba Gadebe, metro spokesperson.

The assessment 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.

The ethics institute put under microscope the municipal ability to detect unethical behaviour using internal audits, analysis of information, whistle-blowing mechanisms and data management.

“While the City of Ekurhuleni has proven to be in good compliance, there is an acknowledgement that more can still be done to achieve a full compliance status,” Gadebe said.

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 and screening and vetting of suppliers and other high risk stakeholders.


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