- South Africans are mourning a great man on Wednesday after Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu passed away
- Makwetu passed in hospital following a diagnoses of stage four lung cancer two years ago
- The National Audit Office says it will be joining the Makwetu family in mourning his death
Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu has passed away on Wednesday afternoon, confirmed by the National Audit Office.
In a statement released on Wednesday evening by the office it was reported that Makwetu passed away in hospital after being diagnosed with stage four lung cancer in 2018:
"It is with great sadness and shock that we announce the passing of Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu this afternoon."
The National Audit Office says that it will join the Makwetu family in mourning his death, commenting that:
"We ask the public to keep the family in their thoughts as they come to terms with his passing, and to give them the privacy and space to deal with his passing."
Once the family has come to terms with his passing, the details of his funeral will be made public, concluded the statement:
"When they are ready, the family will share details of how they would like to honour their beloved husband and father."
Take a look at just a few of the countless reactions to Makwetu's death below:
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Makwetu had helped blow the lid on irregularities at the Unemployment Insurance Fund, prompting a shutdown of the fund which had included the suspension of top level executives.
Acting UIF Commissioner Marsha Bronkhorst acknowledged that the situation had come at a cost to those who were dependent on the fund:
"We are aware that many workers around the country have been placed on a back foot as a result of the need to ensure that our systems stand up to scrutiny and we close the gaps identified by the Auditor General. While the inconvenience was greatly regretted, we are pleased that we have turned things around in what we believe in quick time and our systems are ready to make a difference in the lives of the workers again."
The delay had been prompted after the Auditor-General had observed a number of issues with the system which did little to stop fraudulent payments.
While the fund intends to start processing payments, it warned that incomplete claims or claims with outstanding information will not be automatically processed.
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