Auditing amendments in the pipeline

22 May 2018 - 11:46 By Linda Ensor
Nhlanhla Nene.
Nhlanhla Nene.

Amendments to the Audit Professions Act are being worked on in a bid to restore the credibility of and public trust in the auditing profession‚ Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene said in his speech during the Treasury budget debate in Parliament Tuesday.

The Independent Regulatory Board of Auditors‚ the governing body for the profession and the Office of the Accountant General in the Treasury are working on the proposed amendments‚ which will include strengthening sanctions in line with international best practice; strengthening the regulatory board's powers in its investigation process; and reducing the complexity of disciplinary hearings to ensure a swift‚ fair and due process.

"The recent revelations about various instances of collusion with auditees as well as general lapses have cast a bad light on the whole profession and have tarnished the image of auditors in general‚" Nene said.