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Speaking on day two of the Southern Institute of Government Auditors (SAIGA) virtual conference, currently under way in Centurion, north of Johannesburg, the Inspector of Intelligence, Dr Setlhomamaru Dintwe said auditors should be beyond reproach at all times.  

The inspector said: “Any unprofessional or improper conduct places the spotlight on the integrity of auditors, the Supreme Court institution that they represent, and the quality and value of the audit work in an unfavourable position and may raise doubts about the viability and details of the site.”

During his opening remarks the inspector explained that government auditors or internal auditors in general should be able to assist the management in organisational performance. This is the reason why he says auditors make recommendations or their site is at the end of the report, whether it’s an unfairness or whether it’s a positive and so forth. But this role is consistent with the second part of notice petition which postulate that at the end internal audits provide a mechanism for monitoring the implemented implementing benefit for the long term.

“So, if you take a deep look at this role, you will see the synergy between the beginning, the end, the watchdog as well as providing assistance to management in this role. The role of auditors is not contested in the judiciary, except for the contention that most auditors seem to be neglecting other roles such as that of being a watchdog,” he says.

The inspect said: “I cannot overemphasise the role of professional bodies, but the role of professional bodies is that if there is an in-balance or if auditors government voters tend to neglect their watchdog role, because they want to be loved and appreciated by the management that could actually be the transgression of the codes or some kind of code, whether it’s a code of conduct or a code of discipline of the professional body, and then they come there because an auditing professional bodies are expected to develop standards of auditing code of conduct or incident rules and are also expected to deal with discipline in the profession, as well as development of monitoring arrangements.”

SAIGA Chief Executive Officer, Russel Morena said that the main objective of her address was to provide a platform for accounting and audit professionals to engage on various topics which are impacting the industry.

He said: “The conference is part of the SAIGA vision 2023 strategy. Part of the focus will be on strengthening capacity building in the public sector. There is also a need to expand the SAIGA footprint in the African continent and globally.”

The event also brings together professionals from outside the auditing and accounting industry. For example, Scholastica Sylvan Kimaryo, a global thought leader in the International Development and Governance, Conscious Leadership & Healthy Lifestyles is one of the key speakers of the conference. The conference, will also feature amongst others the Tax Ombudsman of South Africa, Judge Bernard Ngoepe, Sizwe Nxasana, former CEO of Telkom Group and FirstRand Group – chairman of NSFAS and founder of Sifiso Learning Group and many other dignitaries.

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