UWC to launch Fraud and Corruption Prevention Policy
On 28 May, the University of the Western Cape will launch its Fraud and Corruption Prevention Campaign.
The Executive Director of Finance and Services, Abduraghman Regal, has extended invitations to all major university stakeholders to attend the launch ceremony at the Life Sciences Auditorium on campus.
The launch will include the signing of a pledge committing all major interest parties to upholding the integrity of UWC, implementing the new Fraud and Prevention Policy and initiating a dedicated toll free hotline, independently supervised by KPMG.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Pretorius says, “This launch is a sign of our commitment to strengthening governance and promoting transparency within the institution.”
Mr Regal is excited about the launch. He says, “UWC has a long legacy of being proactive in its approach to any challenge. We will do so now, once more, to bolster UWC’s best practices and actively promote a culture of integrity.”
In pursuit of these values, UWC has developed a policy framework to prevent fraud, corruption, theft and internal irregularities. The Fraud and Corruption Prevention Policy gives guidance on how to deal with infringements, the roles and responsibilities of the policy drivers and the administration of the policy.
Through an awareness campaign, and as a call to action, UWC is introducing a toll-free hotline to enable all stakeholders to report any university-related incident of fraud, theft, corruption or any other irregularity. This toll-free hotline will be administered by an independent organisation, KPMG, to protect the anonymity of whistle-blowers. The service includes a toll-free number; a secure e-mail address; a fax number; and a postal address.
The pledge will be signed by the Vice-Chancellor, the Executive Director of Finance and Services, the Chairperson of the Audit and Risk Committee, Chairperson of the University’s Council, and the Chairperson Student Representative Council.
According to Prof Pretorius, "We all - from students to Executive - have an integral role to play in safeguarding the UWC brand. Our slogan 'I am UWC' means we are all guardians of UWC's reputation and its legacy, and I urge all stakeholders to utilise the service to report any irregularities."
More information pertaining to the policy will be released including contact details in the coming weeks.