MPs to interview candidates for Auditor General

Auditor General Terence Nombembe’s seven-year contract expires in November.

Auditor-General Terence Nombembe. Picture: Sapa

CAPE TOWN - Interviews for a successor to Auditor General Terence Nombembe get underway at parliament next week.

The ad hoc committee in charge of the process on Tuesday agreed on a shortlist of six candidates.

Nombembe's term expires in November.

A bartender, a welder and a petrol attendant were among the 90 people who applied for the job of auditor general of South Africa.

However, they are not on the shortlist of six candidates who will be interviewed at parliament next Wednesday.

Deputy auditor general Kimi Makwetu is among those who will be interviewed.

Committee chairman Thaba Mufamadi says independence is a crucial aspect to the job of watchdog over government spending.

He says the auditor general has to hold the executive accountable in terms of public funds.

Mufamadi says the auditor general must act without fear or favour.

Nombembe was appointed by former president Thabo Mbeki in 2006. He replaced Shauket Fakie who went into retirement.