Posted on: September 6, 2011 Posted by: Diane Swarts Comments: 1

A training standard for investigating public or business corruption offences, registered on the SA National Learners’ Records Database (NLRD), is posted here.

The South African Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) had drafted the standard, after determining training needs in the public sector, but the corruption probe standard may also be used in financial auditing, forensic auditing, compliance and corporate governance auditing, and incident investigation in business, industry, civil society and NGOs.

A task team of various investigating and judicial arms of government was set up to generate the training unit standard, to meet perceived training needs of officials investigating alleged corrupt activities and related offences in public and private sector organisations.

Investigation officers and agents may in future be required to complete courses that include subjects or modules based on the new corruption investigation standard. A person credited with this unit standard would be “able to conduct investigations into corruption and related offences by following legal processes, and applying appropriate methodologies and techniques”, said SAQA. An extract from the standard, drafted in outcomes based education (OBE) format, follows below.

SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: Investigate corrupt activities and related offences

SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
386073  Investigate corrupt activities and related offences
ORIGINATOR ORIGINATING PROVIDER
Task Team – Anti-Corruption

QUALITY ASSURING BODY –
FIELD SUBFIELD; Field 03 – Business, Commerce and Management Studies Public Administration
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE OLD NQF LEVEL NEW NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 6  NQF Level 06  10
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Registered  2011-06-08  2014-06-08  SAQA 0492/11
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2015-06-08    2018-06-08

In tables in this document, both old and new NQF Levels are shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), reference to NQF Levels are to old levels, unless specifically stated otherwise.

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard.

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD
Persons expected to use this unit standard are officials investigating alleged corrupt activities and related offences both in the public sector and private sector particularly investigation officers or agents. The person credited with this Unit Standard is able to conduct investigations into corruption and related offences by following legal processes, and applying appropriate methodologies and techniques.

Learners will be competent to:

•  Define and describe the powers, limitations and responsibilities of the investigator in the investigation of corrupt activities and related offences.
•  Gather and analyse the veracity of information on allegations of corrupt activities and related offences.
•  Collect, collate and present information/evidence in a legal and ethical manner to determine the appropriate action.
> Range statement: Including but not limited to taking statements, electronic evidence gathering, data, cyber and financial forensics etc. Review of applicable policies, codes of conduct and legislation.
•  Demonstrate an understanding and execution of the post investigation processes that are aimed at the finalisation/conclusion of the matter/case.

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING
The learner undertaking this Unit Standard should be competent in:

•  Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 4.
•  Communication at NQF Level 4.
•  Computer Literacy at NQF Level 3.

Knowledge of the following:

•  Anti-corruption.
•  Terminology used in the legal environment.

UNIT STANDARD RANGE
The Public Sector as defined by legislation.

Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria:

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1
Define and describe the powers, limitations and responsibilities of the investigator in the investigation of corrupt activities and related offences.
OUTCOME RANGE
Includes the values, ethics and code of conduct of a specific organisation.

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1
The mandate and the role of the investigation component of the organisation is defined within the appropriate legal parameters.

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2
The role and responsibilities of the investigator and the process of executing his/her duties is described in terms of the legal and policy framework.

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2
Gather and analyse the veracity of information on allegations of corrupt activities and related offences.

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1
Information is gathered by consulting with sources.

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2
Data is analysed to determine the nature of the alleged offence or transgression.

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3
Information is analysed and evaluated in order to determine the scope of the intended investigation.

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4
Investigation plan is compiled based on the determination of the investigation scope.

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5
Findings of the evaluation are communicated to the relevant stakeholders through submission of a presentation and report.

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3
Collect, collate and present information/evidence in a legal and ethical manner to determine the appropriate action.
OUTCOME RANGE
Range of collection methods Includes but not limited to: Taking statements, electronic evidence gathering, data, cyber and financial forensics, review of applicable policies, codes of conduct and legislation.

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1
Appropriate investigation methods are applied to collect relevant evidence by using the legally prescribed techniques.

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2
Information is analysed in order to determine the validity of an allegation.

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3
Evidence is compiled in an appropriate legal and ethical manner in consultation with other role players, where required.

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4
Findings and recommendations are presented to relevant or interested stakeholders according to their requirements.

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4
Execute post investigation processes that are aimed at the finalisation/conclusion of the matter/case.
OUTCOME RANGE
Post investigation processes include but are not limited to: Criminal investigation and prosecution, disciplinary enquiry, civil and criminal recoveries and asset forfeiture.

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1
Available post investigation options for the conclusion process are listed and explained.

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2
An internal enquiry as prescribed by the disciplinary code and procedures, or by the Labour Relations Act, is initiated.

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3
Completed report/statement is presented to external parties where appropriate.

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4
Support is provided to external stakeholders in order to increase the potential of a successful outcome.

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5
Financial or punitive recovery is initiated, where consistent with findings.

UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS
•  An individual wishing to be assessed (including through Recognition of Prior Learning) against this Unit Standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant ETQA, or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.

•  Anyone assessing a learner against this Unit Standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.

•  Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this Unit Standard or assessing this Unit Standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.

•  Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion.

UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE
The knowledge underpinning the above specific outcomes is:

•  Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act (PCCAA).
•  Labour Relations Act (LRA).
•  PFMA/MFMA.
•  Procurement rules and regulations.
•  Promotion of Access to Information Act.
•  Criminal and common law.
•  Preferential Procurement Act.
•  BBBEE Act.
•  Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) or relevant workplace rules as informed by legislation.
•  Anti-corruption policies and relevant codes of conduct.
•  Taking of legal statements.
•  The Bill of Rights.
•  Law of Evidence.
•  Relevant sections of the Constitution of the RSA.

UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME; N/A

UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES; N/A

Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO):

UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING
Identify and solve problems in a critical and creative way in order to complete a successful investigation of alleged act of corruption in the public sector.

UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING
Work effectively with others when selecting, directing and managing an investigating team.

UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING
Organise oneself and one’s activities in the process of case and time management.

UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING
Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information in order to present an investigation report and recommendation.

UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING
Communicate effectively during questioning, interviewing and taking statements.

UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE
Use science and technology in order to research the background of affected parties.

UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING
Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation when explaining the consequences of corruption for the victim, the State, the public sector and the perpetrator.

UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING
Contribute to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of society at large by instilling values, ethics and integrity in relevant officials.

QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: NONE

PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: NONE

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  1. I thank the NLRD for efforts in skills development and training programmes, also ETDP for shaping standards of learning, and mechanisms for recognising learners who obtain skills in mainstream trianing, to be assessed and awarded recognised qualifications when demeed competent in particular fields of expertise.

    Former editor replies; Please clarify, do you find that NLRD and ETDP are fulfilling some of these roles, or are you requesting that they should should fulfill these functions?

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