Original Research

Fraud: An SMME perspective

Suzette Viviers, Danie Venter
The Southern African Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management | Vol 1, No 1 | a14 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajesbm.v1i1.14 | © 2015 The Southern African Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
Submitted: 15 July 2015 | Published: 31 December 2008

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Suzette Viviers, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
Danie Venter,

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Abstract

Given the important socio-economic role performed by Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) and the negative consequences of fraud on their businesses, the objective of this study was to investigate the perceptions and management of fraud by SMME owners/managers. Respondents were of the opinion that fraud is a serious and increasing problem in corporate South Africa and viewed ethics policy implementation and internal controls as important measures of fraud detection and prevention. Only 10 per cent of respondents, however, made provision in their budgets for combating fraud. It is recommended that SMME owners/managers gain more knowledge on inexpensive yet effective fraud detection and prevention measures.

Key words and phrases: Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs), causes of fraud, fraud detection, fraud prevention, internal controls, ethics programmes.


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