This came to light in a letter from the Auditor-General (AG), Kimi Makwetu, to parliament in which he detailed threats to the lives of officials of the AG at four municipalities.
In the letter, the Auditor-General asks for protection for his staff as auditors are being intimidated and prevented from doing their jobs at municipalities.
Auditor-general Kimi Makwetu states specific detailed instances of intimidation at the municipalities of Madibeng, Emfuleni, Tshwane and Moretele. The Standing Committee of the Auditor-General has condemned, in the strongest possible terms the threats to the officials by individuals from these municipalities.
“We call on the law enforcement agencies to fully investigate sources of the threats and bring them to book. Parliament, provincial legislatures and municipal councils rely heavily on the audited financial statements by the AGSA in order to effectively hold the Executive accountable. An attack on the officials of the AGSA has indirect negative impact on the work of the legislative sector,” said chairperson of the committee, Nthabiseng Khunou.
She said that anyone found to be obstructing the work of the AGSA should be criminally charged and face the full might of the law.
The committee has appealed to the authorities at the four municipalities to fully cooperate with law enforcement agencies during the investigations.
Khunou said the committee will work closely with the Portfolio Committees on Police as well as Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs to get an update on the progress of the investigations.