National AG office intervenes at eThekweni audit after staff death threat

National AG office intervenes at eThekweni audit after staff death threat

- Durban newspapers this week reported that the Auditor General (AG) KZN office has said a staff member doing an audit of eThekweni (Durban) municipality has received death threats

- Mayor Zandile Gumede called an urgent meeting where she revealed that the city’s head of security would be working with the AG national office to beef up security for the staffer involved

- A morning paper in Durban this week reported that the threats began after the team requested some supply chain management documents for the audit

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The auditor-general’s national office has found itself needing to intervene in KwaZulu-Natal after a staff member working on the eThekwini Municipality audit received a phone call threatening her life. gathers from reports in the Durban daily newspapers that the threat was made after the team requested some supply chain management documents for the audit.

The AG national office of the auditor-general is now intervening in KwaZulu-Natal to protect its team after a threatening phone call was received by a staff member while she was working on the eThekwini Municipality audit.

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Ethekwini mayor, Zandile Gumede, called an urgent press briefing at which she said the city’s head of security was waiting on the A-G national office to determine what steps needed to be made to protect the A-G staff member.

“Once the head of security has received proper documentation, he will deal with other matters like making sure that a plan is in place. For now we are waiting for the national office to deal with our head of security,” said Gumede.

Mayor Gumede said the briefing had been called after the A-G’s KZN office sent a letter to eThekwini saying it was planning to stop the audit due to worries about the safety of it’s staff after one of their team had received a death threat.

Gumede said the city was very worried about the death threats, especially since the A-G’s office wasn’t handling any investigation at the time.

When the threats began, the A-G staff were working on issues to do with the work of the city’s administration.

“All we can confirm is that one of their staff members was phoned by an individual and police will investigate,” said Gumede who also said she urged the threatened AG staffer to be sure to open a case.

“This is so that the city’s head of security can intervene and do his work; it’s important for us that this happens because we want this audit done.”

While Gumede wasn’t prepared to divulge much about the nature of the threat, she did day that such details needed to be left between security agencies and the person who received the threat so as not to pre-empt the investigation.

“We can’t speculate if we do we are going to be letting down our security agencies because they are the ones who will be investigating to see what type of animal we are dealing with here.”

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