Former public protector Advocate Thuli Madonsela says she will not be returning to the African National Congress (ANC) as an ordinary member, although she is willing to assist any political party that requires her advice or services.
Speaking to journalists on the sidelines of the 2016 Mahamta Gandhi Awards on Monday evening, Madonsela said there were no “bad feelings” between her and the governing party.
“I was a member of the ANC, and I left it in 2007, not because I had any bad feelings but professionally, I felt that I needed to distance myself from any political party, and I am still in that space.
“I feel that at this stage, I can assist all political parties if they need my advice or services for free, but otherwise, I am taking a holiday for the next 13 months or so,” Madonsela said.
She received The Second Satyagraha Award at the ceremony held at the Durban City Hall for her tremendous contribution during her tenure as head of the Chapter 9 institution, a position that often put her in conflict with the ANC.
“If there ever was a time for us to be reminded by the life and the message in the life of Mahamta Gandhi, it is today. A time when we are going through a serious turbulent country and world.
“A time when we are reflecting as humanity regarding what road brought us here and are there alternative roads that we could take towards that world where we can all be happy, there can be friendship and where we can embrace each other regardless of race, gender, disability and sexual orientation,” she said in her acceptance speech.
Other recipients of the award included Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, Shaka Sisulu and Judge Albie Sachs.
Last month, an attempt by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) to invite Madonsela to the National Assembly to address MPs on her highly explosive State of Capture report was blocked by ANC MPs.
Next year, Madonsela is expected to serve as chairperson of social justice at Stellenbosch University.