The Institute of Internal Auditors defines fraud as:

“Any illegal act characterized by deceit, concealment or violation of trust. Frauds are perpetrated to obtain money, property or services; to avoid payment or loss of services; or to secure personal or business advantage.”

Fraud is an activity that deprives the University of resources, or the taking of unjust advantage of the University’s name/brand.

Examples of some of these activities are:


  • misuse of travel allowances;
  • operating private businesses using the University's resources and time;
  • misuse of sick leave/not completing a leave form when going on leave;
  • accepting bribe money from students to adjust marks;
  • establishing a private business that conducts business with the University without declaring the conflict of interest to the line manager;
  • misuse of cash.

These are just a few examples of fraud. Unfortunately all employees have to be aware that fraud exists and have to help establish a positive control environment in their departments in order to combat fraud.

Fraud Prevention Plan

The University of Pretoria has a fraud prevention plan in place which includes a Fraud Policy and Response Plan and a Whistle-blowers policy. 

Published by Dalene van Dalen

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