The decision to nominate Deputy Auditor-General Tsakani Maluleke as South Africa’s first female Auditor-General (AG) in chief in the organisation’s 103-year history was unanimous across party lines when an Ad-hoc committee established to find Kimi Makwetu’s replacement were able to vote on Tuesday 20 October.
After the committee, headed by ANC MP Nokuzola Tolashe, waited six weeks for the State Security Agency to produce vetting outcomes on the nominated candidates, it was clear that there was only one person that fit the bill, with Maluleke touted as “the best of the best”.
Matweku’s tenure is set to come to an end in November after he served the office for a seven-year period.
In addition to her current position as deputy AG, Maluleke is also a Registered Auditor and has a post-graduate Diploma in Development and Public Management and a post-graduate Diploma in Accountancy BComm (Accounting).
She has more than 20 years of experience to her name, having specialised in the fields of auditing, consulting, corporate advisory, development finance, investment management and skills development, in both the private and public sectors.
She is cited on the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) website as being “a passionate advocate and active contributor to the growth and transformation of the accountancy profession”, having worked various organisations including Business Unity South Africa, Presidential Advisory Council on BEE, African Women Chartered Accountants, the Association for the Advancement of Black Accountants of Southern Africa (where she is a Past President), as well as the CA Charter Council (where has served as Chairman for nine years).
She has served on numerous corporate boards and strategic committees, including Aberdare Cables (Pty) Limited, Onelogix Limited, Public Investments Corporation, SAICA, IRBA, FAIS Ombud, Alt-X Advisory Committee and Fasset, which she chaired
ANC MP Sifiso Buthelezi said that the committee would only deliberate the competency of the outstanding candidate from their nominations process on Tuesday.
“I will only talk about the candidate that was the best of the best, a candidate that ticks all the boxes. We are looking for a candidate that qualifies to be the Auditor-General of South Africa,” Buthelezi said.
Maluleke’s recommendation will now be submitted to Parliament for a final adoption.
All parties present agreed that the process of vetting candidates and deliberating on the most suitable among them was fai and transparent.
Jan de Villiers, the Democratic Alliance’s (DA’s) Member of the Standing Committee on the Auditor-General said that Maluleke has all the right skills to run the crucial office with the required efficiency it demands.
“As an experienced chartered accountant, Ms Maluleke has the necessary public finance management and audit experience, technical know-how and leadership abilities to steer the vitally important Office of the Auditor-General in a time where dependable audits of government’s entities are more important than ever,” he said.
“We would like to note that all the final short-listed candidates were impressive and professional in the final interviews and I would like to thank them for putting themselves forward as candidates.”