A new auditor general, Thembekile Kimi Makwetu, has been appointed, the presidency said on Sunday.
"Makwetu, a chartered accountant by profession, has served as deputy auditor general for six years," the presidency said.
The appointment takes effect as of Sunday and is for a period of seven years.
Makwetu holds bachelor's degrees in social science and accounting science, and a post graduate diploma in accountancy.
President Jacob Zuma, who made the appointment, wished Makwetu well and also thanked the previous auditor general, Terence Nombembe, for "efficient and "effective" service. – Sapa