The nomination of Deputy Auditor-General Tsakani Maluleke as the new AG from 1 December continues the tradition of the deputy stepping into that office. But Maluleke makes history as the first woman recommended for the post.
In one of those rare moments of parliamentary unity, Deputy Auditor-General Tsakani Maluleke was recommended to take over from the outgoing Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu, whose seven-year term ends on 30 November.
That recommendation must now go to the House for a final adoption, but given it was a unanimous decision across party political divides, no surprises are expected.
It was a short meeting on Tuesday when the ad-hoc committee established to find the next Auditor-General chaired by ANC MP Nokuzola Tolashe met again after having waited some six weeks for the State Security Agency vetting outcomes.
It was up to ANC MP Sifiso Buthelezi, also chairperson of the Standing Committee on Appropriations, to start off what effectively was a round-robin final nomination process.
"I will only talk about the candidate that was the best of the best, a candidate that ticks all the boxes. We are looking for a candidate that qualifies to be the Auditor-General of South Africa," Buthelezi said.