Parliament has shortlisted eight candidates for the position of auditor-general, the country’s supreme audit institution that is constitutionally mandated to enforce oversight and accountability in the public sector.

The auditor-general’s office has taken on added significance and was given more teeth when President Cyril Ramaphosa promulgated into law the Public Audit Amendment Bill in April 2019. The legislation gives the auditor-general the power to refer adverse findings in its reports to investigative bodies, as well as recover from accounting officers funds lost due to failure to adhere to the Public Finance Management Act...

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