Today, Wednesday, the 11th of November 2020, the African National Congress (ANC) received the news of the untimely passing of the outgoing Auditor General, Thembekile Kimi Makwetu, with shock and sadness. The passing on of this gallant servant of the people of South Africa is a huge loss to the auditing profession and the ongoing task of building an accountable administration.
Makwetu was appointed on 1st of December 2013, as Auditor-General of South Africa (AGSA) for a period of seven years. Prior to that, he served as Deputy Auditor-General. AGSA’s work empowers citizens to hold the custodians of public resources accountable.
Makwetu remained true to the constitutional mandate of AGSA, namely, to strengthen our democracy by enabling oversight, accountability and governance in the public sector through auditing, thereby building public confidence. He has contributed enormously towards building a culture of accountability and transparency in the utilization of state resources.
Makwetu served his profession and the people of South Africa with distinction and dignity. As we mourn Makwetu’s passing and ponder the future, let us make a solemn commitment never to abandon his proud legacy of clean and accountable administration. We are confident that all public servants, including employees at AGSA, will take forward Makwetu’s legacy as well as the solid foundation that he and other previous Auditor Generals have laid.
The ANC conveys its heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and colleagues. We hope they will find solace in the knowledge that the entire nation shares their grief. We wish them strength and fortitude during this difficult time.
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