Work with me, urges Public Protector

FILE PICTURE: Former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. Photo: Johann Hattingh

FILE PICTURE: Former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. Photo: Johann Hattingh

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has used the Mpumalanga public works department as a “shining example” of how to take remedial action, following oversight reports by her office.

The department wrote to Madonsela accepting her findings and remedial action following her investigation into allegations of maladministration in the awarding of tenders for shop leases in Pilgrim’s Rest.

The department submitted a plan, setting out how it would implement the remedial action. This includes cancelling the awarding of earlier contracts and embarking on a new procurement process

Madonsela called on other organs of state to follow the example of the department. Where parties “disagreed” with her findings they should engage with her, she said.

A scathing attack was launched against Madonsela earlier this week following the release of her damning report against disgraced SABC chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

A support group calling itself the “Hlaudi Motsoeneng Coalition” said Madonsela had been “mingling” in the dealings of the SABC and was “politicising” the public broadcaster.

They charged that Madonsela’s reports reflected the “elite” she represented. Madonsela’s submissions were very similar to those offered by the Democratic Alliance, they said.

The coalition – which includes the Communication Workers’ Union – said it would march in protest against Madonsela and approach Zuma’s office to have her removed. Madonsela’s office responded at the time, saying it was a “shame” people resorted to “blatant lies and name calling”.

“The reality is that Motsoeneng lied and defrauded the SABC and he admitted to that … If the ‘coalition’ wants an audio copy of the interview the Public Protector had with Motsoeneng as part of the investigation or a transcript thereof, it can be made available.”

In her statement yesterday, Madonsela said if disagreements persist parties should follow a legitimate process to have her findings and remedial action reviewed.

“The Constitution states the Public Protector is subject only to the Constitution and the law. This means the courts are the only legitimate review bodies of my decisions; not legal opinions or name-calling.”


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