Reporting fraud and corruption
There are a variety of national and provincial institutions that handle government fraud and corruption. Each of these entities deals with specific kinds of cases:
The Public Protector is responsible for looking into complaints about:
The Public Protector does not investigate the following types of complaints:
How to Lay a Complaint with the Public Protector
If a prejudiced decision has been made by a government official affecting you, you should first:
If you write to the Public Protector you should include the following information:
If you are unsure whether your problem is something the Public Protector will investigate, or if you cannot write, you can phone the Public Protector's office. There are trained professional staff members who will listen to your complaint, big or small, and conduct investigations.
You could also visit the office for an interview or a consultation, if you prefer. It is better to write first and ask for an interview in the letter.
Reporting Irregularities: Western Cape Government
Any irregularities in the Western Cape Government can be reported to the Forensic Audit Component of the Provincial Administration. This includes instances of corruption, fraud, theft and misuse of government property.
In order to ensure that matters can be properly investigated, detailed information on the alleged irregularity is required. If you want to make a report, you should try to provide as much of the following information as possible:
The Suspected Officials
- Public Protector Act (Act)
- Country Corruption Assessment Report: South Africa (Reports and Research) (File type: pdf; size: 743.35 KB)
- Public Service Anti-Corruption Strategy (Strategic Plan or Business Plan) (File type: pdf; size: 111.72 KB)
- Complaints Regarding Human Rights Violations (Service)
- Alleged Misuse of Government Motor Vehicles (Service)
- Combating Fraud and Corruption in the Social Security System (Service)