Claudelle von Eck joins SAICA's KPMG enquiry panel

Leading governance expert Claudelle von Eck will be one of five members of SAICA's independent inquiry into allegations that former or current employees of KPMG have engaged in conduct which is in contravention of the SAICA Code of Professional Conduct.

In the photo: CFO Awards judges Claudelle von Eck and Prof Wiseman Nkuhlu.

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Claudelle is the long-serving CEO of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA SA) and has been a prominent member of the panel of judges for the annual CFO Awards since the inaugural event in 2014. Lately, she has been one of the most outspoken leaders of professional bodies about ethics in the auditing and accounting world. As recently as last week, Claudelle penned an article for Daily Maverick with the title 'How ethical behaviour can stimulate the South African economy'.

SAICA's KPMG inquiry will be conducted by an independent panel comprising senior members of the legal and accountancy professions, to be chaired by advocate Dumisa Buhle Ntsebeza. According to SAICA CEO Terence Nombembe, he is one of the country's leading senior advocates. In the 1990s, he headed the investigative unit of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

The other members on the panel are chairperson Vuyani Ngalwana of the General Council of the Bar of South Africa, former Accountant-General Freeman Nomvalo and Malcolm Robert "Bobby" Johnston, former Chair of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. The panel is planning to hear testimonies in January and February.