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Auditor-General ranked highly by World Bank for independence

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The Auditor-General of South Africa has been ranked as one of the two national offices in the world enjoying full independence in its work by the World Bank.

The Auditor-General South Africa (AGSA) issued a statement on Thursday, 5 August 2021, by the World Bank, in which it has ranked the AGSA as one of two national offices in the world that are enjoying full independence to carry out their audit mandates in their respective countries. The AGSA noted that these findings were communicated in the World Bank’s Supreme Audit Institutions Independence Index: Global Synthesis Report 2021.

The Auditor-General (AG), Tsakani Maluleke stated that the positive announcement was a credit to South Africa’s Constitution, which jealously protected the independence of the AGSA office to carry out its work without interference. Moreover, that the findings of the World Bank clearly demonstrated how South Africa has allowed the national audit office to support the democracy.

The Auditor-General further noted that the support and trust in its work was evidenced by the various political parties’ unanimous endorsement of the amendments to the Public Audit Act, which the national audit office continued to implement without fear, favour or prejudice. The AG also expressed that the announcement was the good news South Africa needed to show the world that despite numerous challenges, the country is a global force.

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