Xolisa Phillip News editor

Imagine what would have happened if former public protector Thuli Madonsela and auditor-general Kimi Makwetu had teamed up to compile the report on state capture. Who would have dared cast aspersions about the validity of a report compiled by two institutions set up to guard against the executive’s increasing excesses? The office of the auditor-general houses some of the best forensic auditors in SA and its function and mandate complement those of the office of the public protector. An important differentiator is that the public protector’s ordered remedial action cannot be ignored. Of all the Chapter 9 institutions in the country, the offices of the public protector and auditor-general enjoy the most public trust. They are also two of the most visible and crucial institutions in the arsenal of the country’s constitutional democracy. On July 31 2007, Parliament received an important document, whose recommendations are yet to be implemented. A multiparty ad hoc committee chaired by l...

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