Madonsela: Action and consistency needed

2011-10-20 22:41
Johannesburg - There is a fair amount of political will by senior government officials to act on her findings, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela said on Thursday.

"What is needed as a nation is to push [those] organs of state, once the Public Protector has pronounced [on something], they need to act," Madonsela said during a panel discussion at the University of the Witwatersrand.

She said some ministers, premiers and other departments had responded favourably to findings of maladministration, abuse of state funds and corruption.

"What we're trying to get is a level of consistency in the way government deals with the issues."

She said those who had acted to save the reputation of their institutions should be rewarded.

The panel was convened as part of Whisleblowers' Week. Madonsela said it was appropriate that this was also Good Governance Week.

She recently released several reports implicating national police chief General Bheki Cele, and two Cabinet members, in wrongdoing.

Organisations and departments should not be fearful of findings of wrongdoing as they were essential for a good democracy and for good governance.

There was a culture of trying to protect the brand or image of an institution and this needed to be reversed.

"Organisations need to know that shaming of one of us is not shaming of all of us."

Asked about the protection of state information bill, she said the legislation could affect the functioning of her office if passed.

There would probably be fewer allegations of abuse of power, abuse of state resources and corruption if whistleblowers went into hiding.

"I think there would be fewer [cases reported]."

- SAPA
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