Madonsela probe is suspicious, says Vavi

2011-07-11 14:21

The reported criminal probe on Public Protector Thuli Madonsela is very suspicious, Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said today.

“When I read newspapers, I hear that the Public Protector is under investigation. That is very suspicious. Why now?” Vavi asked.

He was speaking during the South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) regional biennial meeting in Durban.

Vavi said he agreed with Madonsela that she needed protection so that she could conduct her duties without any fear or favour.

“I also received death threats more than a year ago and I reported the matter to the national commissioner and the minister of police,” he said.

A senior police officer sent to him had never reported to him what he found in his investigation.

“It has been reported that the Public Protector has been asking for protection. I also know how to stand behind firm principles,” said Vavi.

Madonsela recently said she had written to Speaker of Parliament Max Sisulu to follow up on her request for bodyguards.

It was recently reported that police had planned to arrest Madonsela in relation to a R1.8 million payment to a company she owned when she worked for the SA Law Reform Commission.

The report emerged at the time when Madonsela was finalising reports about contracts police entered into to lease new headquarters in Pretoria and Durban for R500 million and R1.1 billion, respectively.

In her preliminary report, Madonsela found police chief General Bheki Cele guilty of maladministration for his role in the leasing.

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