Parliament condemns attempts to intimidate staff at AG’s office

Lawmakers have been notified about such incidents in recent months, specifically during the municipal audit.

FILE: Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - Parliament has condemned attempts to intimidate staff at the Auditor-General (AG)’s office.

Lawmakers have been notified about such incidents in recent months, specifically during the municipal audit.

In his general report on the accounts of departments and state entities, Kimi Makwetu also mentioned that certain audit findings were being contested and that people have received threats.

Chairperson of the Standing Committee on the Auditor-General, Vincent Smith, says this issue is being taken seriously.

“Of course it’s intimidation more than anything else... almost four Auditor Generals had to change their audit opinion and to do that would be a dereliction of duty from the AG’s side.”