South Africa has its first Auditor General (Tsakani Maluleke). She is a Chartered Accountant and was previously the Deputy Auditor General.
Tsakani was speaking in an interview with Dudu Msomi on her YouTube Channel Wisdom Personified.
Tsakani says she grew up in a family of four children in Soshanguve. Her father was a lawyer and was a judge for 14 years. He was a member of the Black Lawyers Association.
Her family ran a supermarket in Soshanguve and she would work in the store from the age of 9.
In 1987, the family moved from Soshanguve to Johannesburg.
When she was 11 years old, she was sent to boarding school. She says being in a private school taught her to be tough.
After she completed high school, her father asked her to study for a Bcomm so that she can become a commercial lawyer.
Tsakani says her father told her that there were a few black people in the commercial law field. A conversation she had with someone when she was an intern at a law firm convinced her to become a CA.
Tsakani says she is driven by a duty to advance others in the accountancy field and to serve the public interest.
Tsakani says being a black female always make her work harder as everyone else and she knows she may not get as much credit as she should.
Tsakani says she has been married twice and has changed her Surname twice. She says changing her Surname has brought people into her personal dramas.
She says she has had to deal with the hassle of changing her drivers licence and has been to home affairs a number of time.
Tsakani says South Africa is not yet a non sexist and equal society. She says when people celebrate the first woman to do something it is a celebration of many who have campaigned for change. It’s a milestone and a validation and an inspiration for many young women.
Tsakani says progress is slow but it is there. Her younger sister, Basani, is the first CEO of African Bank.
Tsakani says the Audit profession is not a dying profession and is more relevant with the increasing use of technology.
She says the role accountancy is central in its role of enabling a country to attract investment capital.
Tsakani says the values and ethics of the professional is more important than just being technically savvy.
Tsakani says the Audit profession has lost its focus on serving the public interest. She said auditors should have a conversation with the public on what society expects.
She says the ecosystem that brings auditors at the end needs to be dismantled.
Tsakani says things will get better, and everyone needs to be hopeful.
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