The Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) adds its voice on the great loss of the passing of outgoing Auditor-General, Kimi Makwetu on 11 November at the age of 54 after a battle with lung cancer.
‘Mr Makwetu was an exceptional and true civil servant who took his role as South Africa’s auditor-general seriously and filled it with professionalism. He always pursued with the best interest of the country at heart. He served with dignity and embodied the values of integrity, selflessness, humility and hard work,’ says LSSA President, Mvuzo Notyesi.
Mr Makwetu was born in Cape Town and completed a Social Sciences degree at the University of Cape Town in 1989. He received a Bcompt Honours degree from the University of Natal and was a qualified chartered accountant.
Mr Makwetu started his career with Standard Bank and later worked at Nampak. He completed his articles at Deloitte, at worked his way up to senior management, before joining Liberty and Metropolitan Life in Cape Town. He moved to Gauteng in 2003 where he worked at Liberty Life. Mr Makwetu returned to Deloitte as a director in the forensic unit before his appointment as Deputy Auditor-General at the Auditor-General of South Africa (AGSA) in 2007.
On 1 December 2013, former President, Jacob Zuma, appointed Mr Makwetu, as the new Auditor-General of South Africa for a period of seven years.
‘The country has lost one of its most respected and dedicated public servants. Mr Makwetu was the voice against maladministration and corruption. He was also a panel member for the selection of the National Director of Public Prosecutions. He demonstrated independence, fairness and a good understanding of the separation of powers,’ says Mr Notyesi.
We express our deepest condolences to his wife, Miranda, their children, family, friends, and colleagues and hope that they will find solace in the knowledge that the entire country is grieving with them. We wish them strength during this difficult period.
ISSUED ON BEHALF OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE LAW SOCIETY OF SOUTH AFRICA, MVUZO NOTYESI
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