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Madonsela unfazed by criticism

2012-08-13 20:46

Pretoria - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela was unfazed on Monday by criticism of her attendance of a Women's Day event organised by the Democratic Alliance.

She told an internal audit conference in Johannesburg that her presence was part of her mandate, and was aimed at gaining and maintaining confidence from concerned parties.

"I must indicate that we do not arbitrarily adapt our operations because one stakeholder or group wants things done their way," she said.

"Mine is always a principled decision that can stand the test of the standards set in the Constitution, particularly the requirements of independence, impartiality, and operating without fear or favour."

ANC Chief Whip Mathole Motshekga has called Madonsela's decision to attend the Women's Day event in Port Elizabeth "ill-considered".

Motshekga said the public protector had "rubbed shoulders" with DA leaders at the event. He argued that Madonsela was jeopardising her constitutional role of independence and impartiality.

"Attending and giving keynote addresses at political events of political parties has the potential to compromise these basic constitutional principles," Motshekga said.

The SA Communist Party also weighed in on the criticism, and said Madonsela's attendance had compromised her office.

However, Madonsela said her attendance was a principled move, as she travelled across the country as part of the public protector’s annual stakeholder consultative dialogue, which began in July.

The 2012 dialogue incorporated public hearings on ongoing investigations, and interest groups, including political parties, had meetings lined up with her.

"Meetings are scheduled to take place with political parties at the end of the process. Incidentally, the ANC is, as was the case last year, getting its own meeting while the opposition parties get a combined meeting," said Madonsela.

"The meeting that has incurred the ire of a chief whip of one of the political parties in Parliament and an organisation affiliated to this party belongs to this category of meetings."

Comments
  • Pietrov - 2012-08-13 20:57

    Madonsela for president.....!

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-08-13 21:24

      Now there is a good woman!

      nrgx.nrg - 2012-08-14 09:42

      gosh these anc 'people" are morons!...do they know what "impartiality" means? remaining impartial is EXACTLY what her actions in attending the DA womans day event portrayed

      nomcebo.k.kubheka.3 - 2012-08-14 10:08

      Ramphela Mamphela for President Thuli Madonsela for Vice President

  • kseafield - 2012-08-13 21:05

    Shes got the right attitude.

      lebohang.lehloka - 2012-08-13 21:24

      Madonsela 4 DA presidence.

  • Johan De Beer - 2012-08-13 22:04

    Good on her.

  • NePhTron - 2012-08-13 22:30

    my kind of lady

  • manie.vanwyk.12 - 2012-08-13 22:35

    PROOF, AT LEASED 1 WOMEN CAN THINK FOR HERSELF,,AND SHE WILL VOTE,? ? ?

  • jo.vankatwijk - 2012-08-13 22:39

    I don't think Women's Day is a political day. It neither belongs to the ANC nor to the SACP. It is a day to honour ALL women irrespective of which political party they belong to. Ms Madonsela was thus within her rights to attend any gathering on that day, including the one of the DA.

  • tyson.love.94 - 2012-08-14 05:49

    Now this snake shows its own colours...ANC (affirmative action policy) appointed this snake there to Protect the poor...the snake (thuli madonsela) feeds on poor people to get whites approval...

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