It is becoming increasingly difficult for the auditor-general of SA to perform its work in some municipalities as staff members have had to face a hostage situation and threats from municipal officials and have even been shot at. These are some of the instances of intimidation auditor-general Kimi Makwetu raised in a letter to parliament’s standing committee on the auditor-general. In the letter, dated October 15, Makwetu specifically details instances of intimidation at the municipalities of Emfuleni, Tshwane, Madibeng and Moretele. Makwetu says in the letter he believes the instances of intimidation deserve national attention, even though the office of the auditor-general will still work with the local and provincial governments in question. "These instances not only pose a threat to the life and limb of innocent professionals employed by the AGSA [auditor-general SA], but also put the broader public interest at risk," he said. The finances of municipalities, which are tasked with...

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