Parliamentary process to find new Auditor General
16 July 2013
The Office of the ANC Chief Whip notes the commencement today of the parliamentary process to find a successor to the current Auditor General, Terence Nombembe, whose contract expires in November 2013.
With the establishment of an Ad Hoc Committee on the Auditor General today, headed by ANC MP Thaba Mufamadi, parliament sets in motion a transparent and open process of looking for suitable South Africans to fill this important position in our constitutional democracy. It is hoped that this process, which will entail advertisement in the media and open interviews, would be concluded by September 2013. We wish the committee well in this process.
We also take this opportunity to wish Auditor General Nombembe well ahead of his well-deserved retirement in November. He is a person of highest integrity, unmatched passion for his professional duties and a dedicated servant of the people. It is no surprise that he was elected as the Chairman of the International Organisation of Supreme Institutions, an umbrella organisation for the external government audit community. We salute him for serving his office with such diligence and excellence for the past seven years. He will undoubtedly be leaving an institution with a remarkable reputation.
The Office of the ANC Chief Whip also welcomes the President`s approval of parliament`s recommendation on the review of the Auditor General`s remuneration package to bring it in line with the provisions of the Public Audit Act. In terms of the Act, the salary, allowances and other benefits of the person appointed as Auditor General must be substantially the same as those of the top echelon of the judiciary (i.e. Chief Justice). The President`s endorsement therefore brings the Auditor General`s package firmly in line with that of his counterpart in the judiciary, effective from the date of his employment in 2006.
Issued by the office of the ANC Chief Whip
Moloto Mothapo (Spokesperson for Chief Whip Stone Sizani) 082 370 6930