The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), Dr Zweli Mkhize has strongly condemned threats and attacks on staff of the Auditor-General of South Africa (AGSA) deployed in municipalities to undertake audits of financial statements and performance information.
The recent attack took place in Emfuleni where an official who is part of the team auditing the municipality was shot and wounded. Officials were threatened in Msunduzi and EThekwini municipalities earlier this year and this was condemned by the Minister, provincial government and the EThekwini Mayor.
Minister Mkhize strongly condemns the threats to AGSA officials whose work is pivotal in the protection of the integrity of the auditing process and safeguarding the expenditure of public funds.
“All municipalities should cooperate with and support staff of the Auditor-General. We will emphasise this message in our all engagements within the local government sector. It is totally unacceptable that AGSA staff are intimidated and attacked when carrying out their duties. All structures and spheres of government must provide utmost support and cooperation to the Office of the AGSA,” said Minister Mkhize.
The Minister has been invited by the Standing Committee on the Auditor-General to attend a meeting early next month to provide a report on work done to support the AG in the face of the attacks.