IRBA Newsletter Issue 50

Issue 50 | April - June 2020 10 LEGAL cont. closing arguments from the parties, thus bringing the merits hearing to a conclusion. The parties now await a ruling from the committee. REPORTABLE IRREGULARITIES (RIs) The IRBA processed 131 first reports on RIs during the first quarter ending June 2020. During this reporting period, 21 second reports (whose nature is highlighted below) were received and processed. Note: The difference of 110 reports between the first and second reports received is due to timing differences in reporting between these reports, as well as the previous suspension of the computation of the 30-day period due to the COVID-19 lockdown. Of the 16 continuing RIs received, the top six types of RIs most frequently reported, categorised by nature, are reflected in the chart below. Note: As depicted above, the top three types of reported contraventions related to the Companies Act, the Pension Funds Act and the Income Tax Act. There were also several RIs highlighting contraventions of the Sectional Title Schemes Management Act, the Estate Agency Affairs Act and the South African Reserve Bank’s exchange control regulations. All second reports indicating continuing RIs were sent to the relevant regulators and/or authorities, in line with the provisions of the Auditing Profession Act (APA), for action. Submission of Second RI Reports We wish to remind all registered auditors (RAs) of the communique issued on 20 May 2020 regarding the lifting of the suspension of the 30-day period within which an auditor’s second report must be submitted to the IRBA in accordance with Section 45 (3)(c) of the APA. This suspension, which commenced on 27 March 2020 due to the COVID-19 lockdown, was lifted on 21 May 2020. This means, as from 21 May 2020, the computation of the 30-day period resumed as normal. Consequently, we urge all RAs who submitted first RI reports to the IRBA on or before 20 May 2020 and those who have not yet sent us their second reports to do so without any further delay. The IRBA acknowledges that due to ongoing restrictions on business operations, some RAs may continue to experience challenges in complying with the legislative timelines. Should this be the case, RAs are advised to submit their requests for an extension, with supporting reasons, to for the attention of the Director Legal.