Madonsela woos expats in Europe

FILE PICTURE: Then Public Protector Thuli Madonsela addresses a media briefing. (Photo by Gallo Images / Business Day / Puxley Makgatho)

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela called on expatriates in Europe and other parts of the world to return to South Africa and play a part in transforming the country into an inclusive society rooted in human rights – including social justice.

She was addressing the Homecoming Revolution – Speed Meet Africa event in London at the weekend. The two-day event sought to encourage Africans living outside the continent to return to their native lands with skills and knowledge gained abroad to contribute to the development of their countries.

“Please come back to South Africa to lay your brick in this great transformation project in pursuit of our constitutional dream of the South Africa that belongs to all who live in it – black and white – and which has voluntarily chosen to transform itself into an inclusive society based on human rights, including social justice, where every person’s potential is freed and their lives improved,” Madonsela told the gathering.

She told expats they would have opportunities to play a significant role in the world as global citizens while based in South Africa, the land of their birth or ancestry. There were, she said, hundreds of scarce skills jobs back home, waiting for South Africans in the diaspora.

She said the constitutional and social problems the country faced were opportunities for South Africans to use an acquired international perspective, combined with knowledge of the local complexities and peculiarities to help resolve the snags.

Madonsela argued the rejection of corruption and accountability lapses among those entrusted with public power was an example of the good that was happening.

“The fact we talk about these lapses is because wrongdoing is resolutely rejected and reported by people and a free and vigilant media and then dealt with by various pillars of constitutional democracy and guardians of the Constitution,” she said.



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