[author: Georgie Niven]
The ‘lifestyle audit’ is a buzzword on the South African anti-corruption agenda. In 2018, incumbent president Cyril Ramaphosa called for lifestyle audits on people in positions of responsibility. Some state employees, including members of the Western Cape cabinet and South Africa’s national power company Eskom, have already been subjected to lifestyle audits.
The South African Revenue Service (SARS), which has been conducting lifestyle auditing for years, announced it would undertake lifestyle audits to recover undisclosed taxes. In 2019, auditing giant KPMG introduced lifestyle audits for its employees to promote integrity and identify possible abuses of internal processes and client contracts...
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