What to do if you smell a rat in your local council

Corruption Watch receives 150 complaints of corruption weekly. The group tells EWN what citizens can do to fight corruption.

Hundreds of Numsa members and other parties sang and danced through the streets of Johannesburg's CBD as part of an anti-corruption march on 14 October 2015. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

The adherence by accounting officers in local municipalities to the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA) is not as stringent as it should be.

As a result, officials responsible for public resources are often implicated in improper or irregular spending, leaving communities without services or favouring family and friends as service providers.

Corruption Watch has introduced different reporting channels for concerned citizens who want to blow the whistle on corruption that directly affects them.

Lucky Ronand Menoe, deputy director at Corruption Watch, says its work with civil society groups educates communities about the responsibility of local government.

"We work with NGOs to collaborate on campaigns with organisations like Equal Education. For instance when corruption is directed at migrants and refugees... this is a sensitive issue and the people implicated are nervous and mistrustful. Here it's important to work with church groups, Lawyers for Human Rights and people who have an on the ground presence," Menoe explains.

Menoe adds: "People from as far afield as the North West province and the Free State jump into buses and taxis to come to our Braamfontein offices to report corruption."

Here's how you can contact Corruption Watch:

WhatsApp 0720135569

Send a Please call me 44666

Call Centre 0800 023 456

email info@corruptionwatch.org.za

Facebook: Corruption Watch

Twitter: Corruption_SA

Should you have evidence of corruption, fraud and other form of wrongdoing you can also report it to police or to Crime Line on 32211 anonymously.