On Friday, 01 October 2021, the University of Venda (UNIVEN)’s Risk Champions embarked on a Fraud and Whistleblowing Campaign organised by the Internal Audit and Risk Directorate. The purpose was to educate and encourage staff and students to be whistleblowers who participate in the fight against possible fraud and corruption happening within the University. Several Risk Champions were at the entry and exit points of the University, educating staff and students about the importance of reporting misconduct and corruption. Risk Champions said because of fear of victimisation, people can report these activities anonymously. During this Fraud and Whistleblowing Campaign, flyers and rulers were distributed. These flyers contain information and tollfree number where fraud and corruption activities could be reported.
A whistleblower is a person who exposes any kind of information or activity that is deemed illegal, unethical, or not correct within an organisation. The information of alleged wrongdoing includes violation of University policy/rules, regulation, law, or threat to public interest or national security, as well as fraud and corruption.
Concerns must be raised without malice, in good faith and not for personal gain and the individual must reasonably believe that the information disclosed, and any allegations contained in the disclosure deserves investigation.
Any employee, student or external party of the University who has reasonable belief that there is fraud and corruption, or misconduct may raise a concern under the procedure detailed on the flyer that was also distributed to the University community through an email.
Members of the University community should report fraud, corruption or misconduct on 0800 212 75 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Department of Marketing, Branding and Communication
University of Venda
Tel: (015) 962 8525 / 8710
Date: 04 October 2021