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AG applicant's FB posts cause stir

An applicant’s political views posted on Facebook caused a stir during his Parliamentary interview.

An applicant’s political views posted on Facebook caused a stir during his Parliamentary interview.

CAPE TOWN - Controversial Facebook posts have featured in the grilling of one of the candidates vying for the position of Auditor General.

Current Auditor General Terence Nombembe's term comes to an end in November and six potential successors were interviewed in Parliament this week.

While chartered accountant Zaitun Gaffair Shaik was first to be interviewed, Deputy Auditor General Kimi Makwetu and MTN Executive Lily Zondo have emerged as strong contenders.

Avhashoni Ramikosi, who is also a chartered accountant, was one of the six candidates.

But his Facebook page caused a stir.

Ramikosi seemed taken aback when Democratic Alliance (DA) Member of Parliament (MP) John Steenhuisen raised his uncomplimentary comments about political parties, Agang SA and Congress of the People (Cope), on Facebook.

"In one of the posts you've expressed very strong political views."

Steenhuisen wanted to know how Ramikosi would ensure his political independence if he was to become Auditor General.

"If I were to be appointed to the position I suppose I would have to recuse myself from active political participation"

The parliamentary committee in charge of the process has to report back to the National Assembly on 20 September to ensure a smooth handover.