South Africa 26.2.2014 06:00 am

Madonsela to fight back in Parliament

President of AOMA, Angola Paulo Tjipilica (L) shares a moment with Chairperson of AORC Board, Executive secretary of AOMA, Public Protector of South Africa Thuli Madonsela at Southern Sun, OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, 25 February 2014, during African Ombudsman Summit. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

President of AOMA, Angola Paulo Tjipilica (L) shares a moment with Chairperson of AORC Board, Executive secretary of AOMA, Public Protector of South Africa Thuli Madonsela at Southern Sun, OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, 25 February 2014, during African Ombudsman Summit. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela yesterday hit out at attempts to “delegitimise” her office, saying she plans to approach Parliament to raise her concerns.

Madonsela said it was worrying and annoying to be called a DA agent. She believes her office is under attack by individuals who want to protect their friends.

Speaking at the two-day African Ombudsman Summit in Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni, yesterday, Madonsela said: “There are attempts to delegitimise my office without engaging with the actual reports. This is something that I want to take up with Parliament.”

Madonsela’s office came under fire last week when the ANC Youth League questioned the integrity of her office. The youth league said all her reports were leaked before release.

This comes after Madonsela released her damning report on maladministration at the SABC on Monday. The Public Protector found that the corporation’s acting chief operating officer, Hlaudi Motsoeneng, had committed fraud in claiming he had passed matric when applying for his job.

She found that former Communications Minister Dina Pule unduly interfered in the affairs of the SABC and gave unlawful instruction to the board and staff.

Madonsela said the basic minimum requirements needed for institutions such as hers to function properly must be ironed out at the African Ombudsman Summit.

“We’re all here to curb excesses in the exercise of state power and control over state resources,” she said.

The summit is being attended by ombudsmen from more than 30 African countries.

Earlier, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng said the office of the Public Protector’s reports and huge media coverage had discouraged multitudes from allowing greed to drive them down the road to wasteful expenditure or corruption.

“The office of the Public Protector or ombudsman must therefore be supported, strengthened and protected by all genuine lovers and advocates of good governance,” Mogoeng said.

 

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