Anti-Intimidation and Ethical Practices Forum Launches
Wednesday, 28 January 2015
DEPUTY PUBLIC PROTECTOR TO ADDRESS ANTI-INTIMIDATION AND ETHICAL PRACTICES FORUM LAUNCH
Deputy Public Protector Adv. Kevin Malunga will on Wednesday deliver a keynote address at the launch of the Anti-Intimidation and Ethical Practices Forum in Sandton, Johannesburg.
The Forum was established in May 2014 by eight professional bodies who share a common concern about the rising levels of corruption in the country and the concomitant increase in the intimidation of the ‘guardians of governance’ i.e. professionals who work in fields such as auditing, risk management and governance.
The AEPF aims to educate members of professional bodies on how to follow correct procedures to blow the whistle on corruption, and the remedies available to them when they are intimidated for exposing wrongdoing within their organisations. Members will also work together to strengthen ethical standards in the professional arena and lobby for changes that will accord greater protection for whistle-blowers.
Adv. Malunga - who will speak on the need to empower whistle-blowers, dealing with intimidation and strengthening people and institutions -said good governance was dependent on the extent to which corrupt and irregular practices were decisively dealt with.
"Whistle-blowers face many types of intimidation that range from physical threats to dismissals and other occupational detriment which is against the law," he said.
"The time is ripe for us to harness all possible resources in South Africa to ensure that financial, accounting and all other professionals receive maximum protection as they do their work, especially for the state."
Among the founders of the Forum are the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners of SA (ACFESA), Crime Line, Ethics Institute of SA (EthicsSA), Institute of Directors of Southern Africa (IoDSA), Institute of Internal Auditors of SA (IIA SA), Institute of Risk Management of SA (IRMSA), SA Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) and SA Institute of Professional Accountants (SAIPA).
The Forum aims to work closely with the offices of the Auditor-General, National Treasury, the Public Protector and Corruption Watch, amongst others, in its quest to mobilise professionals against crime.
Adv. Malunga's address will take place as follows:
Date: 28 January 2015
Time: 09h00 -12h00
Venue: Institute of Directors of Southern Africa (IoDSA) - 144 Katherine Street, Grayston Ridge Office Park, Sandton
For more information on the Forum: www.aepf.co.za