Ethics and accountability in South African municipalities : the struggle against corruption

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dc.coverage.spatial Africa
dc.coverage.spatial South Africa 2016-11-18T10:39:59Z 2016-11-18T10:39:59Z 2016 2016
dc.description.abstract The article identifies conceptual issues and relationships between ethics, accountability and corruption, and touches on their social and developmental dimensions. It explores the roots of corruption in municipalities and their relationship to social science paradigms. The argument is supported by examples of corruption in municipalities in different parts of South Africa. These reported cases of corruption are used as an empirical basis to identify several types of corruption noted in anti-corruption literature. The article shows that corruption may occur more readily where there is systemic and organisational encouragement for someone to become corrupt. A lack of ethics and accountability amongst the leaders often lead to loose, poorly organised, weak or inefficient organisational systems and structures as well as supply chain and procurement weaknesses. A holistic approach in addressing corruption and fraud is recommended. This involves solving the political/administrative conundrum evident in many municipalities. The effort needs to be spearheaded by the adoption of collective leadership, and must be accompanied by strong political will. The approach can be supplemented by the introduction of internal control mechanisms and solid financial management initiatives rooted in a Fraud and Corruption Detection and Response Plan. en_ZA
dc.format.extent 12 pages en_ZA
dc.format.medium Journal en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Pillay, P. 2016. Ethics and accountability in South African municipalities: the struggle against corruption. African Journal of Public Affairs, 9(2): 115-126. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1997-7441
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher African Consortium of Public Administration en_ZA
dc.rights African Consortium of Public Administration © 2016 en_ZA
dc.subject Ethics en_ZA
dc.subject Municipalities en_ZA
dc.subject Corruption en_ZA
dc.subject.lcsh Public administration--Africa
dc.title Ethics and accountability in South African municipalities : the struggle against corruption en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA

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