On Friday, the University of Cape Town (UCT) announced that KPMG would no longer be operating the UCT Whistle-Blowing Hotline — also known as the Ethics Hotline — with effect from January 1 2018. The auditing firm has been in the headlines recently over work it has done for the Gupta family and for its admission that work it did for the South African Revenue Service was flawed. But the university made no direct reference to this. Registrar Royston Pillay said in a statement: "Over the last three years‚ UCT used KPMG to operate the hotline. This followed a decision taken by the risk management committee that an independent‚ credible and established service provider was required to ensure and guarantee anonymity and confidentiality for staff‚ students‚ service providers and other interested parties to make management aware of any act of alleged wrongdoing or unethical conduct which might not be picked up through the normal course of business. "Following the end of a three-year contrac...

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