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Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu says his staff are operating in an increasingly hostile environment, in which they are subjected to intimidation amid creeping noncompliance from government departments. Makwetu was in Parliament on Tuesday to brief the legislature about the 2016-17 audit outcomes for the state. He bemoaned the dragging of feet by more and more state entities and departments when submitting financial statements to his office and officials intimidating staff in his office. He appeared before a joint meeting of the standing committee on public accounts, the standing committee on appropriations and the standing committee on the auditor-general. Makwetu noted that officials from some institutions had placed pressure on audit teams to change conclusions, with the aim of avoiding negative audit outcomes, disclosure or having to reflect irregular expenditure. "The findings are communicated throughout the audit and even from previous years, but contestations appear only at the e...

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