The Law Society of Botswana (LSB) has invited outgoing SA Public Protector Thuli Madonsela to be the guest speaker at its annual gala dinner in Gaborone in early September.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, the LSB said Madonsela was invited to the stakeholders engagement initiative because of the unwavering commitment to fighting corruption and her fearless pursuit of the truth during her seven-year tenure in the watchdog position.
“She is credited with ensuring that there is no doubt on the independence and powers of the public protector and other like institutions in SA. The LSB considers strong independent public institutions as one of the bedrocks of a viable and vibrant democracy.
“In this regard and as part of its mandate, the society has consistently engaged its stakeholders at various fora on the need for strong public institutions and the centrality of independence to achieving such objective,” the LSB said.
LSB said they also had invited Madonsela because of the global recognition she had earned for discharging her mandate in a courageous and independent manner.
Her term ends in October 2016. Her most high-profile investigation looked at the abuse of state resources in the upgrade of President Jacob Zuma’s home in Nkandla.
The investigation revealed numerous anomalies, including gross abuse of public funds in non-essential works and recommended that Zuma should pay back some of the money.
The recommendation, which was initially resisted by the ruling African National Congress (ANC), led to a wave of high-level criticism against the person and office of the public protector amid reports that the office was being denied essential funding.
Madonsela was vindicated in the Nkandla matter when the opposition Economic Freedom Fighters (EEF) and Democratic Alliance won a court order compelling Zuma to reimburse the State. The amount has been fixed at R7.8 million and is due at the end of September.
– African News Agency (ANA)