Media Statements

Intimidation and Threats Against Audit Managers at EThekwini and Msunduzi Municipalities

The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Dr Zweli Mkhize has received an urgent request from the Auditor-General (AG) to urgently intervene and deal with the intimidation of audit managers at eThekwini and Msunduzi municipalities.

The AG, Mr Kimi Makwetu has requested Minister Mkhize to urgently intervene, as the Office of the Auditor-General has had to withdraw audit managers from the two municipalities due to intimidation and threats.

“This incident is unprecedented and is both shocking and unacceptable. A line has been crossed. We cannot allow a situation where audit managers are intimidated and are unable to carry out their important tasks, which are critical for clean governance in our country. All departments and spheres of government are expected to respect Chapter 9 institutions including the Auditor General, and allow them to carry out their duties without fear or favour. We will work with the relevant departments nationally as well as the Provincial government to ensure that this matter is arrested and that the audit functions are carried out in the two municipalities as planned, without any hindrance,” said Minister Mkhize.

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