Madonsela: Accountability comforted Mandela

2013-12-06 21:54
Public Protector Thuli Madonsela (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

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Johannesburg - Former president Nelson Mandela drew comfort from the checks and balances afforded by constitutional democracy, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's office said on Friday.

"We will always admire him for gladly submitting his administration to the scrutiny of checks and balances, such as the courts and institutions supporting democracy, when its actions came into question," spokesperson Kgalalelo Masibi said in a statement.

"He did this without treating such important accountability mechanisms as an irritation."

Just before midnight on Thursday, President Jacob Zuma announced that South Africa's first democratically elected president had died at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg.

Madonsela and her team saw Mandela as a leader whose actions spoke louder than his words.

"We will always be inspired by the lessons of selfless service to humanity, communicated primarily through deeds rather than words; his love for humanity and his persistent message of peace, equality, human solidarity and the pursuit of a just and inclusive world."

Masibi extended the Public Protector's office's condolences to Mandela's family, comrades, South Africans and the world.

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