Many politicians and public servants whose agenda is not to serve the public but to line their own pockets can’t wait to see the back of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, whose term of office comes to an end in October.
Madonsela has been a tormentor of many dodgy politicians, some of who were removed from their plum jobs due to her damning findings. Madonsela came under severe attack after she found President Jacob Zuma had benefitted unduly in the multimillion-rand upgrades to his Nkandla private home. Despite the sustained attacks, Madonsela remained resolute in her determination to clamp down on theft of public resources.
This week, she exposed another massive abuse of the public purse: the troubled South African Post Office where she found the cash-strapped state entity flouted procurement procedures when it moved its headquarters from Pretoria to Centurion. Madonsela has recommended that the board of directors come up with a plan to recover the R22 million spent on the dodgy deal for the parastatal’s head offices.
She may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but Madonsela will remain the hero of millions of ordinary South Africans long after she has left office.