Recent reports of threats being made against staff from the Auditor-General’s office are once again highlighting the presence of organised corporate crime within local government. “These actions are a direct threat to governance in our tier of government,” says Mr Monde Stratu, President of the iLGM. “Organised corporate crime in local government needs to be rooted out as it is leading to threats and violence.”
An employee of the Auditor-General’s office was shot and wounded earlier in October while staying over at a guest house. Threats are violent in nature and come only a few months after similar threats were made against audit teams in KZN regions in May this year. Similarily, municipal managers are often threatened and intimidated to participate in corruption by turning a blind eye to corporate crime in local government.
Rooting out organized crime in local government is a matter of urgency
Petty crime over the years evolved into much bigger and greedy operations. Like in the VBS Mutual case, syndicates and their front companies are embedding their roots into municipalities through corruption and violence. In many cases these groups work country wide and with profits running into many billions of rands.
“Managers and staff in local government has for many years been facing harassment, threats, and death from criminal elements,” says Mr. Stratu. “The safety or our employees is in jeopopardy. We need help to make our offices a safe place again.”
“We call on our police services and the national prosecution services to deal with embedded organized crime in local government as a matter of urgency, and due regard for lives that are regularly lost in this regard,” concludes Mr. Stratu.
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The Institute for Local Government Management is an association representing managers in local government, with key municipal staholders in South Africa and Internationally.The institute involves itself in the professionalisation of municipal management as well as advocacy work for sound municipal governance.