She calls herself the country’s forensic auditor, curbing fraud
and corruption while making sure that taxpayers money is spent correctly.
Her name is Zanele Mxunyelwa and she is the head of Specialised Audit Services at National Treasury.
With a bubbly personality, Mxunyelwa steers the wheel to compliance, making sure that those who have stolen money from government pay it back.
She has been with National Treasury since 2010 and singlehandedly opened the country’s first forensic unit at National Treasury, specialising in combating fraud and corruption across all spheres of government.
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Recently Mxunyelwa was crowned the 2015 Certified Examiner of the Year at a gala dinner of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE).
The ACFE is recognised as a professional body for fraud and forensic examination practitioners in South Africa.
The ACFE is an international non-profit professional body but has its footprint in South Africa.
It seeks to improve the level of professionalism by its members. Professionals in the auditing and accounting sector, who have a certified fraud examiner qualification obtained
by writing the ACFE’s board exam, can regulate antifraud professionals who include auditors, accounting officers and chief financial officers.
For Mxunyelwa being named Certified Examiner of the Year is recognition of the work she has done in the auditing and accounting sector.
“It is nice to be recognised for the work that I have done over the years.
I was chosen by members from African countries. They voted based on my profile, which included elevating National Treasury to be the best in supporting the fight against fraud,” she says.
The role of the country’s chief auditor Mxunyelwa adds that when her unit was established in 2010 it was the first of its kind within government.
It is responsible for conducting forensic investigations across all spheres of government.
She explains that after the development of the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA), the Municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA)
and Treasury Regulations, National Treasury felt that there needed to be an enforcement arm that would ensure there was compliance with these regulations.
“National Treasury had been focused on educating people to comply and implement the legislations.
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