South Africa welcomes new Auditor-General, Ms Tsakani Maluleke

Ms Tsakani Maluleke has been appointed the new Auditor General of South Africa. This is the first time in the SAIs’ 109-year history that this position is held by a woman. Ms Maluleke’s fixed seven-year term started on 1 December 2020.

Following a rigorous selection process by a multi-party ad hoc committee and on recommendation of the National Assembly, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the appointment in late November. Ms Maluleke, who was also the first female Deputy Auditor General in South Africa, has for the past eight years, been running the operations of the SAI. Her priorities, first as National Leader and then as Deputy Auditor General, has been to develop people and investing in technical expertise across diverse areas.    

Ms Maluleke, a chartered accountant, worked in diverse public and private sector environments before joining the South African SAI. The African Women Chartered Accountants (AWCA) recently named her its 2020 Public Sector Leader of the Year, in recognition of her contribution towards good governance and clean administration in the public sector.

As a passionate supporter of development, education and transformation, Ms Maluleke has been actively involved with developmental formations such as the Association for the Advancement of Black Accountants in Southern Africa, of which she is a past president. She is currently the chairperson of the country’s foremost accountancy body, the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants.

On behalf of the entire AFROSAI-E region, we warmly welcome Ms Maluleke to the community.

In November this year, Ms Maluleke presented on the AGSA’s professionalisation journey at our 15th Technical Update Conference. Access the presentation and recording on