Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) has appointed Deloitte to intensify its efforts to fight corruption and unethical behaviour within the University. Deloitte, as the appointed service provider have setup a toll-free line and email facilities that MUT staff, students and all stakeholders can use to report allegations of corruption or unethical activities that implicate members of the University community. The unique toll-free line which is 0800 228 999 is one of the options available. Also tip-offs may be sent via email on firstname.lastname@example.org or by logging the tip-off on the dedicated website on www.tip-offs.com, all facilities are available 24 hours a day for seven days a week.
The whistle blowing service is a deliverable of the Risk & Compliance Directorate aimed at detecting and preventing fraud and risk at MUT. Zimasa Gwarube, Acting Director: Risk & Compliance said: “MUT subscribes to King IV report on Corporate Governance. King IV report requires Council, through management, to govern the ethics of MUT in a way that supports the establishment of an ethical culture. The hotline and other facilities will help us to work towards compliance with standards, laws and regulations. It is important to raise awareness to all MUT stakeholders about the availability of these whistle-blowing services that went live on 22 July 2020.”
At a virtual presentation to MUT management on Monday, 27 July, Deloitte explained how the reporting facility works and how whistle blowers have an option to remain fully anonymous; partially anonymous or may opt for full disclosure of their identity. Zimasa reiterated the advantages of allowing individuals to not disclose their identity. “Lack of protection of those who blow the whistle has proven to be a fraud deterrent. The hotline reinforces organisational policies, making it clear that unethical conduct is unacceptable, and this will help set a tone of control for MUT,” said Zimasa.