Kimi Makwetu: Exemplary auditor-general | 1966-2020

Makwetu had a no-nonsense, professional approach to his job that was informed by a successful career in the private sector

15 November 2020 - 00:07 By CHRIS BARRON

In the years after Kimi Makwetu, who has died in Johannesburg at the age of 54, became auditor-general in 2013, nobody paid terribly much attention to him or his office.

Least of all the municipalities, state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and government departments whose books he audited every year, revealing an increasingly terrifying tale of irregular expenditure. Or the so-called watchdog committees in parliament, which were supposed to be exercising oversight and holding those responsible to account...

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