SA today better than past - Madonsela
Bloemfontein - Students and academics must help to get the country’s constitutional dream back on track, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela said on Tuesday.
"We are not there yet," Madonsela told students, academics and visitors at a public lecture on universities, academic freedom and the information bill at the University of the Free State.
Madonsela said despite many challenges, "today" was better than "yesterday" in South Africa.
Focusing on investigations by her office, Madonsela said a better life for all was coming slowly for ordinary people, but that corruption was stealing many people's futures.
It also had a huge impact on the quality of basic services.
Madonsela said academics could help by developing the law to better fight aspects of corruption.
She said the public protector's office also needed experts in various fields while investigating complaints. "Private experts are expensive."
Madonsela said "young academics" should also help start the debate in civil society on issues such as the protection of state information bill.
She said students should debate the change in constitutional language used in regard to the public protector's powers and open the debate on judicial enforcement.
"Students tweet about everything, also very technical things."
Madonsela urged them to help instil proper values in society and to help people understand how the government works.
It would help in the fight against corruption if ordinary people knew how the government worked, she said.