- South African Auditor-General Thembekile Kimi Makwetu passed on on Wednesday this week
- Makwetu, unfortunately, had been battling lung cancer and lost the fight two years after his diagnosis
- South Africans have been left truly touched by his death, sharing heartfelt messages about Makwetu online
The death of the South African Auditor-General Thembikile Kimi Makwetu was recently announced. According to reports, the 54-year-old lost a fight with lung cancer two years after he first received the diagnosis.
His death comes only a few days after he said farewell to his office in which he spent seven years sharing audit reports that have helped the nation pinpoint irregularities in national, provincial and local spheres of government.
Meanwhile, South Africans have been left deeply moved by Kimi's passing. Many of them have taken to social media to share their condolences as well as fondest memories and kind words for the deceased auditor-general.
Read a few of them below.
"So sad about the passing of Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu. I moderated a panel with him and was struck by his compassion and commitment to work. I was excited to hear about his new role at the UN. This is a huge loss for South Africa and the world. May he rest in peace."
"I am so saddened about #KimiMakwetu’s passing. He was a lion who fought for this country tooth and nail. When institutions like the Hawks and the NPA bowed to the forces of capture, the AG remained resolutely committed to lawfulness and basic human decency. A giant has fallen."
"He was one of the good guys. He stood for what is right under trying circumstances. RIP Kimi Makwetu."
Briefly.co.za reported in earlier news 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 is 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.
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