Mbabane-The alarming incidences of copper theft in Eswatini have prompted the Eswatini Post and Telecommunications Company (EPTC) to launch a whistle blowing hotline. The intervention is an attempt to prevent fraud and corruption which will enable third parties to to blow the Whistle anonymously and safelyon all unethical conduct.
KPMG Services (Pty) Ltd, a South African company will provide a 24-hour whistleblowing/ethics hotline service that can be used by members of the public, employees, customers, and suppliers to call toll-free when reporting cases of fraud, unethical practice/conduct and abuse of company assets.
The whistleblowing Ethics Hotline 800 23 23 is based in South Africa, which will ensure the protection of the whistle-blower’s identification. Callers can be free to report in both Eswatini’s official languages siSwati and English.
Speaking at the launch of this project, the Managing Director (MD) of EPTC Themba Khumalo said “I would sincerely appeal to employees, suppliers, customers, and all responsible citizens/stakeholders to work hand in hand with EPTC on this very critical initiative towards improving the company’s corporate image, improving service delivery, protecting company assets and employee’s job security.”
Khumalo continued to say “I would like to guarantee confidentiality to all whistle-blowers who report misconduct. The public and all stakeholders cannot watch silently whilst allowing dishonest individuals to perpetrate the destruction of a national asset through selfish corrupt, unethical business conduct.”
Fraud is broad and it encompasses many activities such as, theft, collusion with suppliers, receiving a salary from company when not reporting for duty, paying third parties for undelivered services, abuse of company assets and many more.
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