Madonsela: ‘slow action could lead to riots’

2011-08-12 00:00

FAILURE to implement swift remedial action for problems raised by the people might lead to riots similar to those in the United Kingdom, Public Protector advocate Thuli Madonsela warned at a meeting in Pietermaritzburg yesterday.

Madonsela met stakeholders from different sectors at the city’s Bessie Head Library.

She said she would embark on an intensive campaign to address, in particular, the poor access to the Public Protector’s office in KwaZulu-Natal.

Madonsela accredited this to insufficient resources facing her office.

“Remedial action ensures that the wrongs are addressed and failing to do so leads to lack of accountability which, in turn, results in people losing confidence in the state and existence of justice, which might lead to public riots,” she said.

Of about 18 000 investigations attended by the Public Protector’s office per annum, Madonsela said, KZN accounts for 920, despite it being the largest province in the country with a population of over nine million.

She challenged government departments and state institutions to take immediate action in the reviewing of her office if they are dissatisfied with findings and remedial suggestions, “because delays make the public lose faith in our democratic system”.

Madonsela and her team of investigators will be at Sobantu Hall at 10 am today, where members of the public will be allowed to present their complaints for investigation.

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