Johannesburg- Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu fears that the new tough law giving his office more powers to go after rogue government officials may lead to more threats and acts of intimidation.
There have been 42 threats and acts of intimidation reported since May last year, including the latest, which happened in April when eavesdropping devices were found in the eThekwini Metro’s premises.
“We foresee that the threats and intimidation risk may increase,” Makwetu said of the likely consequences of his new powers to go after national, provincial and local government officials responsible for incurring financial losses.
Of the 42 incidents, 29 were reported in the auditor-general’s provincial business units, with the North West having the most with eight, while KwaZulu-Natal had seven.
The Eastern and the Western Cape each reported four threats and acts of intimidation.