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Parliament has issued a call for applications for the upcoming post of auditor-general (AG). The term of office of current AG Kimi Makwetu will end on 30 November 2020.

The Office of the Auditor-General South Africa (AGSA) is an institution supporting constitutional democracy, established in terms of sections 188 to 189 of Chapter 9 of the Constitution.

In accordance with the provisions of section 193 of the Constitution, the Ad Hoc Committee on Appointment of the Auditor-General hereby invites applications from individuals to be appointed as AG. The committee will make recommendations through a report to the National Assembly.

Applications must reach the committee secretary, Peter-Paul Mbele, via e-mail at by no later than 16h30 on 17 July 2020

More about the AG

Mandate and functions

The constitutional mandate of the AGSA is, in terms of section 188 of the Constitution, to audit and report on the accounts, financial statements and financial management of:

  • All national and provincial state departments and administrations;
  • All municipalities;
  • Any other institution or accounting entity required by national or provincial legislation to be audited by the AGSA.

In addition, the AGSA may audit and report on the accounts, financial statements and financial management of:

  • Any institution funded from the national revenue fund or a provincial revenue fund or by a municipality;
  • Any institution that is authorised in terms of any law to receive money for a public purpose.

The Auditor-General must further fulfil the functions as set out in the Public Audit Amendment Act No 5 of 2018.

Conditions of employment

In accordance with the provisions of the Public Audit Act and the Constitution, the National Assembly must recommend a person for appointment by the president, for a non-renewable term of between five and 10 years. The person recommended for appointment as AG must be a chartered accountant or possess equivalent qualifications with the following attributes:

  • Specialised knowledge of or experience in auditing, state finances and public administration;
  • Be impartial and able to exercise his/her powers and perform his/her functions without fear, favour or prejudice;
  • Maintain high ethical standards; and
  • Account for decisions and actions.
The applicant must:
  • Be a South African citizen;
  • Be fit and proper to hold the office of auditor-general; and
  • Comply with any other requirements prescribed by national legislation, in particular the Public Audit Act.

Salary, allowances and other benefits will be determined by the president in accordance with the Public Audit Act.

Written applications

Applications must include a CV providing the applicant’s:

  • Full name, ID number and gender;
  • Contact details, including physical address, telephone/cell number and e-mail address;
  • Relevant previous experience (including relevant dates and organisations concerned);
  • Academic qualifications.

NB. If you do not hear from Parliament within one month after the closing date, please consider your application as unsuccessful.