National 14.8.2016 08:58 am

Public protector candidate called a liar

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela (R) briefs reporters at a news conference on July 6, 2011 in Pretoria, South Africa about allegations of fraud and corruption against her. Next to her are Themba Mthethwa, Chief Executive Officer Public Protector and Adv Mamiki Shai (now Goodman), a then Deputy Public Protector. Picture: Gallo Images

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela (R) briefs reporters at a news conference on July 6, 2011 in Pretoria, South Africa about allegations of fraud and corruption against her. Next to her are Themba Mthethwa, Chief Executive Officer Public Protector and Adv Mamiki Shai (now Goodman), a then Deputy Public Protector. Picture: Gallo Images

A Sunday paper has described a ‘frontrunner’ for the job as a liar and a bully, who quit her job on Friday shortly after her parliamentary interview.

It has reportedly been confirmed that advocate Mamiki Goodman (nee Shai), who served as a deputy public protector from 2005 to 2013, has been “caught out in a series of lies”.

The Sunday Times has listed the lies she stands accused of perpetrating as:

  • Not disclosing her suspension from the National Gambling Board.
  • Then lying about her suspension on Thursday while being interviewed on the same day as 13 other candidates. She claimed her suspension was related to her public protector nomination in June. However, the paper checked with the gambling board, which confirmed she was actually suspended six weeks earlier in May.
  • The paper said she lied to them about never being accused of having any involvement in any tender irregularities. Documents the paper claims to have seen show she was suspended for bullying her subordinates and fighting with a superior. There were also “inexplicable” alterations to a bid for a multi-million-rand tender involving slot machines. She allegedly argued that she wanted procurement signing powers, but these were not granted to her.

It is apparently rumoured that Goodman, Judge Siraj Desai and ANC member advocate Nonkosi Cetywayo are in the pound seats to replace Thuli Madonsela. However, this alleged new blot on Goodman’s character may count against her.

Goodman was taken to task on Thursday for her public spats with both previous public protector Lawrence Mushwana, who she accused of sexual harassement, and Madonsela, who she claimed had an anti-ANC bias. Neither complaint ever went anywhere.

Goodman told the paper her resignation was due to her “mandate” being fulfilled. She said there had been a “misunderstanding” between her and the gambling board.

 

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