Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu passes away

South Africa’s outgoing Auditor-General (AG) Kimi Makwetu passed away earlier on Thursday.

“It is with great sadness and shock that we announce the passing of Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu this afternoon (Wednesday),” his office confirmed in a statement.


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“Mr Makwetu passed away in hospital. He was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer in 2018.

“As the national audit office, we join the Makwetu family in mourning his death… We ask the public to keep the family in their thoughts as they come to terms with his passing, and to give them the privacy and space to deal with his passing,” the AG’s office noted.

“When they are ready, the family will share details of how they would like to honour their beloved husband and father,” it said.

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Makwetu was due to end his seven-year term as AG this month.

Deputy AG Tsakani Maluleke is expected to take on the top AG post, after she received the backing of Parliament’s ad hoc committee in October.

According to the AGSA, Makwetu completed a Social Sciences degree at the University of Cape Town in 1989. He received a BCompt Honours degree from the University of Natal and was a qualified chartered accountant.

He started his career with Standard Bank and later worked at Nampak. He completed his articles at Deloitte, moving to senior management before joining Liberty and Metropolitan Life. He later returned to Deloitte as a director in its forensic unit before being appointed Deputy Auditor-General at the AGSA.

Makwetu leaves behind a wife and three children.