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.
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:
Send a Please call me 44666
Call Centre 0800 023 456
Facebook: Corruption Watch
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.