A forensic audit investigating a case of embezzlement in the Southern Africa Indian Ocean Division (SID) of the Seventh-day Adventist Church raises troubling questions about financial misconduct in that division and whether leadership properly handled the ensuing investigation. According to sources familiar with the situation, repercussions continue today for employees who try and raise concerns about issues contained in the audit.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://spectrummagazine.org/news/2020/forensic-audit-report-describes-continuing-challenges-sid
There is a lot more corruption going on there. I know people who worked there and who are still working there and there are just lies and lies and lies. Rules are bent and anything done to cover up money going into people’s pockets. Some former employees are also still owed severance payments. If a proper audit is done in that division many more cases of corruption, irregular spending and money wasting will be uncovered.
Stories have been shared about the fear of threats and losing jobs. No one should in any form go through that, even less so in the church!!!
God bless those who are truly trying to do His work in that division surrounded by corruption and nepotism. One day all will be revealed.
Sad: a young accountant was made one of the scapegoats and fired; Raelly “left” for the Cape Conference - was it “left” or “pushed”?; one of the directors, who advocated - as with Ratsara and Charles - for the right thing to be done was hounded by the administration.
If a matter is not dealt with, it inevitably resurfaces: Paul Charles has resurfaced: 1. Inspector at ASIC - Accreditation Service for International Schools, Colleges and Universities; 2. The founder of Resilient Faith - ironically a certificate-issuing institution providing training in Christian ministry, headed by ‘Dr’ Paul Charles. (See https://resilientfaith.co.za/about-paul-charles/)
Utter respect to Mr Raelly for standing his ground and unfortunately being pushed out to the Cape Conference, I pray that God will bless him there. There are others who have lost their jobs or felt it necessary to resign and have suffered breakdowns due to trying to stand up for what is right.
Why has it taken so VERY LONG for Spectrum to report on this matter? This once again proves that too many people at SID are not sufficiently competent to hold office. Nepotism rules and to have appointed a person from outside the borders of the country who knows nothing about local contracts and local contractors is where the problem started. Did Russell Raelly report this to the GC officers, and if so, why did they do so little about it??? This is a public shame. Since Coenraad Haupt, the previous Director of the GC Auditing Services retired a few years ago, the GC Auditing Service has deteriorated to a state of inefficiency and near collapse. For them to make the comments they did, is totally unacceptable. Why are there no adequate control measures instituted and the SID??? It is a public disgrace. Who can help rectify this mess?
The reason it has taken so long is because of how scared people are to lose jobs or lose comforts. Anything that goes wrong is swept under the carpet or hushed to not create a bad image with the leaders. Yet now that it has exploded like a boil the mess is even bigger than what was perceived. Another reason is that many times people didn’t believe the accusations
Sounds like there is an attitude at the General Conference that “SOULS ARE BEING SAVED! OUR MISSION IS BEING SUPPORTED! So let’s no inquire too closely abut the financials…too upsetting… We’ll just pretend it’s not happening”.
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Corruption in the SID has been well known for a long time.
The “relative as a contractor” is one of the most obvious scams people use to steal money from organizations. In fact, this should be a matter that is against policy, period. I learned about it in intro to accounting, for goodness sake.
I have heard through the grapevine that auditing has been purposefully lax. In other words, the leadership didn’t want to have a fiscally tight organization because it likely benefited them to have lax fiscal controls.
The only way to prevent corruption is for the general membership to demand of all aspects of Conference leadership full financial accountability and open books. Why not? What is there to hide? This alone can prevent double entry bookkeeping and hidden accounts, as we know was the case of big banks as in the 2008 Great Recession.
Open book accounting (to all interested observers) is good government and good policy–nothing less should be required of all church leaders that handle sizeable amounts of tithe dollars. Without this…there will always be pockets of corruption and misuse of funding.
I will see who I can try and get hold of, unfortunately again too many times people are scared to speak out of fear of threats and / or losing their jobs
“GCAS does not engage in discussion about its audits.” Really!! Doesn’t sound like transparency to me.
What happened to TW’s Compliance Committees? It is becoming too obvious that it was meant to stifle WO, and only WO.
Not totally sure in this case, but the SDA translation of this statement has usually been, “…was eventually fired promoted (or transfered)” Like they did with Ratsara and Charles.
Yes…, good luck! Not going to happen. Ever!
“Oh brother Peachan, the Lord is in control of His remnant church; you don’t have to worry about those things. Just move on with your life, keep the faith, and leave us alone…”
That was just one of TW’s “Machiavellian Maneuver” intended only to intimidate those who support WO.
- Doesn’t the GC have auditors that audit it’s own Divisions?
- When was the last audit conducted at the SID?
- Who was the auditor, and what has s/he to say about it.
- How much disappearing-money are we talking about here?
- Elmer, no wonder our “Nutcracker Clinic” was not yet authorized to move in into the GC building. We may find out that they are mentally slow and totally inept to manage a big organization. Besides, we have women in our staff…
@cincerity @pattigrant @ageis711Oxyain
Apparently the GCAS needs to be audited…
Do the unions on this division need to ask the division for some serious answers right now ? Is there on Union President who will be brave enough? What happens from here?
One has to wonder if this can be applied in this situation. Does the SID fall Into this category ? referring to the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act No 12 of 2004 (“PACCA”), where:
Section 34 places a duty on certain individuals to report corrupt activities to any police official. This duty arises when the relevant individual knows or should reasonably have known, or suspects that a person has committed an offence of corruption, involving R100 000 or more. Failure to report is a criminal offence and carries a penalty of the imposition of a fine or imprisonment of up to 10 years.
This duty is placed on individuals who hold “positions of authority”. PACCA sets out a comprehensive list of persons who hold positions of authority. These include:
• the manager, company secretary or a director of a company;
• chief executive officers (executives);
• any other person who is responsible for the overall management and control of the business of an employer;
• any person who has been appointed to the aforementioned positions in acting or temporary capacities are also regarded as persons who hold positions of authority."
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