Vonani Chauke CONFIRMED: Who is SA’s new deputy Auditor-General?

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It’s official: South Africa has a new deputy Auditor-General, with AGSA announcing on Thursday that Vonani Chauke will assume his new role with effect from 1 July 2021. 

Chauke will take over the position left vacant by current Auditor-General Tsakani Maluleke who was appointed as Auditor-General by President Cyril Ramaphosa last December following the resignation of Kimi Makwetu, who sadly lost a long battle with cancer shortly afterwards. 

Who is Vonani Chauke?  

Chauke is appointed to occupy the deputy AG position for a period of five years, and he will be the national audit office’s accounting officer tasked with  supporting Maluleke during her fixed seven-year term. 

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The 51-year-old Chauke joins AGSA having previously occupied director position at Deloitte’s Risk Advisory in Johannesburg, where he is a partner. 

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He is a qualified chartered accountant CA(SA), CISA and CIA, with over 23-years auditing experience, and has spent 15-years as a partner in professional audit firms servicing clients in both the public and private sectors. 

AG Maluleke welcomes appointment  

Maluleke said that Chauke will be a welcome addition to a department that is working hard to make strides improving accountability in South Africa’s various State and private sector institutions. 

 “We are very pleased to have a leader of Chauke’s calibre joining the national audit office at a time when our organisation is implementing the new, enhanced powers following the amendment of the Public Audit Act, to further enhance oversight and improve accountability, while protecting the gains that were made by our predecessors,” she said in a statement on Thursday. 

“I am confident that his expertise and wealth of knowledge will bolster our efforts to continue to respond effectively to the public expectations and carry out our constitutional mandate.”

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“We are also buoyed that his outlook which fits well into our long-standing ethical posture of withholding our mandate of serving our country without fear, favour or prejudice – the tenets that guided us for over 110-years now,” said Maluleke.

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