Accepting and Offering of Gifts
Accepting and Offering Of Gifts
The City Of Ekurhuleni Gift Policy states:
- All gifts must be declared in the Department’s Gift Register.
- Gifts to the Value of R350 – R1000 require permission from line manager and should be signed off in the Gift Register.
- Gifts above R1000 are not allowed.
- NO cash gifts should be accepted
It is a common belief and practice in the municipal service that any gift may be accepted as long as it is declared. The City of Ekurhuleni Integrity Management Framework has put in place new rules to address this. Be informed; familiarize yourself with COE gift policy.
The Code of Conduct for Municipal Staff Members provides that:
A staff member of a municipality may not request, solicit or accept any reward, gift or favour for:
(a) persuading the council of the municipality, or any structure or functionary of the council, with regard to the exercise of any power or the performance of any duty;
(b) making a representation to the council, or any structure or functionary of the council;
(c) disclosing any privileged or confidential information; or
(d) doing or not doing anything within that staff member’s powers or duties.
According to Section 10 of The Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act of 2004 PRECCA- Gratification includes…any donation, gift, loan, fee, reward, valuable security, property or interest in property of any description, whether movable or immovable, or any other similar advantage”.
Do not offer gifts to COE staff in return for services rendered
REMEMBER: GRATIFICATION = BRIBE
In terms of The Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act of 2004, if a person accepts, agrees or offers to accept any gratification to influence the actions of that person or the actions of another person, this person will be guilty of corruption.