Public Protector team visit Underberg

2015-11-04 06:00

THE team from the Office of the Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, in KZN visited Underberg last week during the National Good Governance Week which aims to promote good governance and integrity in all state affairs and educate the public about the Public Protector’s services and role.

Media officer in the office, Phindile Mavuso said Public Protector Good Governance Week started on 19 until 23 October, and the Public Protector aims to increase public awareness about the existence, mandate and services of the institution.

“Section 182(4) of the Republic of South Africa, calls on the Public Protector to be accessible to all persons and communities. So Good Governance Week is in line with that sections of our Constitution,” Mavuso said.

She said this year’s theme for the campaign is “20 Years of Protecting the Public; Successes, Challenges and the Road Ahead”.

“The focus areas for this year was Umgungundlovu District Municipality, Mpendle and KwaSani local municipalities. During the week the team made unannounced visits to Department of Social Development and Sassa in Underberg and Mpendle,” she said.

“Two workshops, with officials from the Departments of Social Development, Sassa, agriculture, health, SAPS and other stakeholders in Underberg, were conducted in which the mandate of the Public Protector was presented and officials had an opportunity to ask questions about the operations of the Public Protector.”

The team also visited the Underberg taxi rank where flyers with information about the mandate of the Public Protector were distributed and an opportunity was presented for the community to lodge complaints with the Public Protector if complaints existed.

“During our interaction with people, issues such as the lack of water supply in some areas, the lack of fencing for livestock and roads not being properly constructed and tarred were raised, and we will be forwarding them to our office to see how interventions can be made,” she said.

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