If corruption is the virus, auditors like Kimi Makwetu are the vaccine
By Jon Foster-Pedley (Dean, Henley South Africa)
Kimi Makwetu was inspired to become an auditor by his mother, Maureen, who ran a meat distribution business in Gugulethu, Cape Town.
“I was exposed to ways of checking how and whether money was complete or not,” South Africa’s former auditor-general told Business Day’s Claudi Mailovich, remembering how his mother had always kept a pen behind her ear and a notebook in which she kept track of her clients who had bought on credit. “I realised that in order for you to keep track of things, you must write them down.”
It’s a beautiful encapsulation of the art of governance; whether you’re running an SME or an SOE, pithy in its simplicity. The obituaries in the wake of his untimely death have been deservedly rich in their praise of his tenure as Auditor-General and his incredible courage during one of the darkest periods of post-apartheid South Africa, where he never missed an opportunity to speak truth to power.
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