The South African government sent its condolences to the family of outgoing Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu following news of his passing on Wednesday afternoon.
“We send our condolences to the friends and family of the outgoing Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu,” government tweeted.
The DA also paid its tribute in a tweet.
“We mourn the passing of the outgoing Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu. For the past seven years he served with dignity and excellence.
“We salute Makwetu’s service to his country and trust that his legacy will leave a lasting impression on all public servants.”
On Wednesday afternoon the Auditor-General’s office confirmed in a statement that Makwetu died in hospital. He was 54 years old.
His passing follows a diagnosis of stage four lung cancer in June in 2018.
“It is with great sadness and shock that we announce the passing of Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu.
“As the national audit office, we join the Makwetu family in mourning his death. We ask the public to keep the family in their thoughts as they come to terms with his passing, and to give them privacy and space to deal with his passing,” said his office.
The family will share funeral details soon.
Makwetu was appointed Auditor-General by former president Jacob Zuma in 2013 and his seven-year term was set to end on November 30.
Deputy Auditor-General Tsakani Maluleke will replace him.
This is a developing story.