Introduction

Local authorities have an important role to play in the provision of public services and development of rural and urban areas falling under their respective jurisdictions. Allocation of stalls to relevant members of the public is one of the core activities of local authorities which promotes trade and job creation and allows for public welfare. The underlying benefits of holding a stall may encourage possible risks of corruption in the stall allocation process. Both the perception of corruption and existence of corruption opportunities may cause potential damage to the reputation and image of local authorities.

Though no principle is sufficient on its own to recognise all morally relevant considerations, it is, however, important that local authorities be equipped with fundamental systems and strong corruption prevention tools to promote integrity and instil trust among the public at large. Poor control may lead to malpractices/corrupt practices whereby stalls may be allotted to ineligible applicants.

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