Johannesburg, Thursday, February 7, 2019 – The Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors (IRBA) hereby gives notice of the sanctions hearing for the auditor, formerly of KPMG, who had been responsible for the audits of Linkway Trading (Pty) Ltd.
The investigation was initiated on 30 June 2017 based on what was considered as sufficient prima facie evidence released in the AmaBhungane Gupta leaks. The complainant in this case is the Independent Regulator Board for Auditors (IRBA) as this investigation was a mero motu investigation in the public interest. Disciplinary hearings commenced in July 2018 and were concluded on August 4, 2018.
A sanctions hearing is conducted in terms of Section 51 (2) of the Auditing Profession Act 26 of 2005 under which the auditor may address the disciplinary committee in mitigation of sanction. Dates set down for the disciplinary committee to hear mitigation are 14 to 16 February.
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