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'Speak out when rights are violated'

2012-03-21 10:00

Johannesburg - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has called on South Africans to speak out when their rights are being violated.

"The public protector said South Africa is a constitutional democracy which gives citizens various channels through which they can engage with government," Madonsela's spokesperson, Kgalalelo Masibi, said in a statement issued on Wednesday.

These channels included the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of Rights of Cultural Religious and Linguistic Communities, the Human Rights Commission, the Auditor-General, and her Office.

Madonsela was speaking at a Human Rights Day commemoration in the Bohlokong township in the Free State.

She urged the community to use these channels to demand answers and hold those entrusted with public power and public resources accountable, said Masibi.

Madonsela explained that the Freedom Charter allowed people to empower themselves with information about their rights, responsibilities and knowledge of how government works.

Madonsela asked that people focus on systems and not on personalities when working with her office or other Chapter 9 institutions.

Their rights included the socio-economic rights such as rights to access to health care, education, decent housing and freedom to pursue economic activities.

Comments
  • Arp Liebenberg - 2012-03-21 10:06

    Bla Bla Bla.....

      Pythagoras - 2012-03-21 10:28

      Just another day to braai and have an ice cold beer! Thank you ANC for a meaningless public holiday!

      Luvo - 2012-03-21 13:50

      @Pythagoras - why not go back to work if you feel this is a meaningless public holiday?? Your employer won't say no to that

      sachasea - 2012-03-21 13:57

      Words without actions are the assassins of idealism

  • kgomotso.radise - 2012-03-21 10:11

    Thanks for reminding us & we will commemorate this day.

  • Shirley - 2012-03-21 10:17

    No point in speaking out if nobody is going to do anything about it! Thousands of complaints are reported each year and NOTHING is done. Too much lip service and too little action!

      Bob - 2012-03-21 10:35

      Spot on Shirley!

      ertjies.siebrandt - 2012-03-21 10:43

      Also, how long have we spoken about the crime and especially the farm killings witch the ANC ignores!!

      Glenda - 2012-04-27 12:10

      Well said Shirley. Freedom day?

  • Cape - 2012-03-21 10:20

    That's the way to go :)Thanks you ! artist; Omary : magamboart.net

  • Mark - 2012-03-21 10:21

    I agree with you Thuli, we all need to speak up, not burn & loot. The problem is that all of our rights are being undermined by a bunch of corrupt & inept ANC leaders who have no interest in the people, only in their own pockets. What are you going to do about that?

  • Kolobe - 2012-03-21 10:22

    must be ignorant to the rampant racism in sa, must go investigate empowerement along racial lines

  • Tony Lapson - 2012-03-21 10:27

    This woman truly wants to help this country. It won't be long until they find a reason to silence her.

      Anthony - 2012-03-21 10:46

      tony you are spot on --they must be planning to get rid of her big time ---she is correct --speak up --but all the comments here are also correct ---nobody listens -the anc is so busy filling their pockets---heres a typical example of both white AND black speaking out --the toll roads disaster ---but did the listen to a massive public 'speaking up'' nooooooooooooooooo

      Shirley - 2012-03-21 10:49

      The task she has is like trying to extinguish a volcano with a watering can. No one wants to step up and back her up!

      TawwaTienie - 2012-03-21 11:59

      Ms Madonsela, Have you ever attend any meetings in Parliament, how many times did all opposition parties asked questions about the corruption, crime and murders in this country? Corruption is the reason why it is going on like this in South Africa. Your duties are about the corruption in this country. What happened to all these ministers that have stolen millions and millions, holidays in Switzerland, etc. Strong actions must be taken against all of them and they must put the money back where it belongs, with interest. How do you think, can we use the same channels and nothing happen? Is a waste of time. All opposition parties have already asked these questions regarding the corruption for example, all levels of government, also the Arms deals inclusive, are serious matters. If there were no corruption there were enough schools and universities for each group in this country, houses for everybody and enough jobs created for all of us. Immigrants of Africa must go back to their countries, they are stealing our people's jobs and houses. Other countries can get them if they want them. They have a country, why must they stay here?

  • Winsome - 2012-03-21 11:29

    Our rights are violated on a daily basis - murders, rapes, burglaries, drunken/bad driving etc, and much much more - this is a known fact - and yet nothing is done about it - this is just cheap talk - again.

      TawwaTienie - 2012-03-21 11:59

      Ms Madonsela, Have you ever attend any meetings in Parliament, how many times did all opposition parties asked questions about the corruption, crime and murders in this country? Corruption is the reason why it is going on like this in South Africa. Your duties are about the corruption in this country. What happened to all these ministers that have stolen millions and millions, holidays in Switzerland, etc. Strong actions must be taken against all of them and they must put the money back where it belongs, with interest. How do you think, can we use the same channels and nothing happen? Is a waste of time. All opposition parties have already asked these questions regarding the corruption for example, all levels of government, also the Arms deals inclusive, are serious matters. If there were no corruption there were enough schools and universities for each group in this country, houses for everybody and enough jobs created for all of us. Immigrants of Africa must go back to their countries, they are stealing our people's jobs and houses. Other countries can get them if they want them. They have a country, why must they stay here?

  • TawwaTienie - 2012-03-21 11:56

    Ms Madonsela, Have you ever attend any meetings in Parliament, how many times did all opposition parties asked questions about the corruption, crime and murders in this country? Corruption is the reason why it is going on like this in South Africa. Your duties are about the corruption in this country. What happened to all these ministers that have stolen millions and millions, holidays in Switzerland, etc. Strong actions must be taken against all of them and they must put the money back where it belongs, with interest. How do you think, can we use the same channels and nothing happen? Is a waste of time. All opposition parties have already asked these questions regarding the corruption for example, all levels of government, also the Arms deals inclusive, are serious matters. If there were no corruption there were enough schools and universities for each group in this country, houses for everybody and enough jobs created for all of us. Immigrants of Africa must go back to their countries, they are stealing our people's jobs and houses. Other countries can get them if they want them. They have a country, why must they stay here?

  • Nicki Labuschagne - 2012-03-21 11:57

    I have a few questions: Do my rights count as much as the next person's? Or am I being racist when I am offended by people urinating in public, in full view? Am I being difficult or unreasonable when I don't enjoy having strangers shouting loudly (in my ear) to their friends who are standing one metre away? Am I being intolerant when I feel uncomfortable when my personal boundaries are violated? This is my culture and you have yours. I am subjected to rowdy parties until the sun comes up so that my right to a night's rest are violated. If I complain I am called a racist. I try to accept behaviour which I find offensive to me because we are trying to build a nation. How about considering my values and rights instead of swamping me by sheer numbers and forcing me to endure this poor behaviour? . I am no less worthy of respect or consideration than any member of any other race. So, yes, I feel violated and I am powerless because I am white.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-03-21 12:18

      You are so correct. But I have realised that our cultural differences really are huge. It's not about race, it's about culture. All the people in my social class act and talk in the same way, regardless of religion, lack of, ethnicity etc. They don't understand us and we them. It's impossible to solve.

      Shirley - 2012-03-21 12:18

      100 thumbs up!

      Rob - 2012-03-21 12:27

      Well said Nicki. We are worlds apart in what is considered normal dignified behaviour. I'm pleased to see " the finger up the nose " action is dying out. I'm sure this culture is aware that they irritate us immensly by their uncouth behaviour & go out of their way to exagerate it @ times.

      Luvo - 2012-03-21 13:55

      Nicki - yours is an immorality issue and not a racial one. Men pee in public all the time and by virtue of being in SA, black men peeing in public will be in the majority compared to other races!!

      izak.labuschagne - 2012-03-21 15:31

      HA ha haaa, How typical. It just proves the maxim - "Those who are guilty and uncivilized always try every excuse to justify their barbaric actions instead of facing up to reality and making adjustments that will make them more civilized and acceptable to civilized society". Most civilized men do not do that see. They do not expose themselves in public in flagrant disregard for the law. They stick to the laws because 'that is the measuring stick for civilization" see. "A society is civilized if it is governed by laws and actually adheres to them. Otherwise they are just uncivilized and barbaric. The fact that you are trying to impose your uncivilized, inconsiderate, barbaric behaviour on other is just a testament of the mindset so many of your race belie. A violation of peoples right to freedom of association, to dignity, to freedom from indecent exposure, to their right to expect that others are considerate instead of imposing their uncivilized and offensive behaviour on others - in public.

      Bambanani - 2012-03-21 16:09

      @izak,thanks for giving a lecture on how to behave and what is barbaric,may i also add that today we remembering people who were killed by a barbaric system of white people for no reason,how barbaric is that killing defenceless people marching,thats sad.

      Glenda - 2012-04-27 12:14

      Nicki.Labuschagne. Could have not said it better!!!!!

  • patricia.giraudeau - 2012-03-21 12:00

    My rights are violated by crime Mr Madonsela so what you going to do about it? Blah blah lip service as usual.

  • Grant - 2012-03-21 12:07

    "Madosela explained that the Freedom Charter allowed people to empower themselves with information about their rights, responsibilities and knowledge of how government works" Let's clariry few things: The FC is not law it was drawn up by non-ANC members as a notice of intent therefore it cannot 'allow' people to do anything. I've got a copy of the FC. Nowhere does it state the things Madonsela claims it did. I can assure readers that the ANC have not abided by most of the intentions of the FC. An example take the heading 'All National Groups Shall Have Equal Rights'. It does not apply to whites. Ms Madonsela, how can the people 'demand answers' you should try phoning a government department and pretend you are a member of the public. Nobody is available to take yor call and nobody returns it. Letters are never answered. In conclusion Madonsela's speach was just a lot fancy talk which I bet the people listening didn't understand. And I thoughr she was one of the good ones.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-03-21 12:31

    Dear Thuli, As much as I love you for the things you've done in the past, I fear your eyes are closed. The human rights of all of our people are being abused by this organisation called the ANC, of which you are a member. The ANC has a majority in government, and they do not use this majority to improve the lives of all the people in South Africa, as Nelson Mandela has promised. Rather, they use this majority to hide wrongdoings from the citizens. They split our country in two - the government on the one side and the people on the other. The ANC only looks after itself and in the process robs our people of their rights. You too, disappointed us. You know about this child Malema who has, through ANC structures and policies, robbed the people of many millions of Rand. Yet you refuse to investigate his ill gotten gains, hiding behind a lame excuse - lack of resources. Please, Thuli, no more speeches. Distance yourself from the Arrogance Nepotism and Corruption and restore our faith in you. Become our national hero like we know you can.

  • mbuchling - 2012-03-21 12:37

    What does a right to education help any South African when the standard in schools is the lowest it has ever been. A pass rate of 30% for a subject is pathetic. No wonder first year students are dropping like flies. A person's rights in SA is determined by their colour of their skin, even though nobody wants to admit this. Most white people in my community fix roads themselves, keep the parks clean, repair broken swings and jungle gyms. Where is the compensasion from the governemnt? And please explain how my right of freedom and security is protected when the ANCYL said there will be a civil war is their president is not reinstated. The ANCYL have incited the uneducated and unemployed to rise up against what they call "white imperialists" and they futher call for landgrabs without compensasion. How does the inaction of the government help me to feel secure in my own country? I respect all people's rights and believe in fairness and that all people are equal but our Constitution might as well be amended to state that "All South Africans are equal, some are just more equal than others". A quote also used in George Orwells "Animal farm". The same thing is happening in SA.

  • kmphasha - 2012-03-21 13:00

    Am raising my hand , am crying and speaking out loud , My RIGHT TO BE ECONOMICALLY FREE is violated.

      Piet - 2012-03-21 14:12

      How can you be economically free when you have a government that steals all your money?

  • Piet - 2012-03-21 13:25

    Thuli, oh Thuli, Thuli, Thuli. You are such a good invaluable member of the ANC. You only investigate cases that your paymasters in the ANC allow you to investigate. You only find people guilty if your masters approve it. And you are part of the BIG LIE that the ANC actually cares about anybody but themselves, including you. But be careful, don't get a big head like Malema and do something that your masters dislike, because you will be kicked out from your cushy job in no time flat.

  • Anakin - 2012-03-21 13:45

    I demand (sorry.. DEMAND! DEMAND! DEMAND!) that my constitutional rights as a South-African white male citizen NOT BE VIOLATED by unfair discrimination in the labour market. As such, when can we look forward to having AA EE BEE BBEE BBBEE scrapped altogether. We are all citizens in the same country, but our 'democracy' is actually becoming a dictatorship.

      Piet - 2012-03-21 14:04

      You can demand till you are blue in the face, it won't help. You don't demand stuff from a dictatorship. You take what they give you, if there's anything left after they stole most of it, and you WILL be satisfied with that.

  • Luvo - 2012-03-21 13:49

    Well in that case, her office will be filled up with human rights violations complaints as black people have endure such life as a daily occurence and have become numbed to it. This happens in their workplaces, shopping malls, pubs etc at the hands of mainly white people who think they have a God-given right to perform such acts. A grown-up black person gets shouted infront of other staff members for making an error whilst a white person gets called in behind a closed door.

      Gerhard - 2012-03-21 14:04

      Luvo you don't know what human rights are, certainly not your petty complaints. Go and play with your teddybear.

      Rob - 2012-03-21 14:26

      Luvo...Rubbish. Whites go out of their way to treat Blacks well & put up with a lot in the workplace, shopping malls ( Wider Isles please ) & pubs. In fact it is @ times sickening, the lengths that White people go to, in their " over polite attitude " towards Blacks. Stop playing the victim race in EVERYTHING & earn the respect of the other races in this country. Perhaps then, we will all get along.

      Bambanani - 2012-03-21 16:16

      @luvo,you are spot on,racist will always be racist,some people wont change,the thing is the anc did a lot of selling out during negotiation and look what we have now,still complaining and the white racist minority are telling us that we complain too much,

  • Oscar - 2012-03-21 14:13

    Speaking out is not going to solve the problems...we need action from government.

  • Zelda-v - 2012-03-21 14:59

    How can we celebrate HUMAN RIGHTS DAY in a country where 'MAJORITY RULES' as iterated by Jacob Zuma in parliament? Human Rights are so clearly being abused in this country with BEE and land expropriation. This holiday is worse than a joke - it is a sick twisted lie. Spot the odd concept out: Democracy, human rights, majority rules.

  • izak.labuschagne - 2012-03-21 15:20

    As an ex white farmer my human rights were not just offended when the ANC did nothing to stop Malema inciting his massive (badly educated and easily impressionable) followers to go an kill us but my very life was endangered and those of my kind. Please do not make me laugh. You lost the plot Long ago. We have a situation considered in a very advanced stage of genocide by experts the world over and still you try every trick in the world to try and make out the reality does not exist. Your credibility is so far down the tube that no properly informed, educated and honest person could possibly take that challenge seriously.

  • Andrew - 2012-03-21 17:10

    Cant agree more, '' health care, education, decent housing and freedom to pursue economic activities '' Would be more freely available if it weren't for the outrageous theft of public funds and and abuse of so called political stature.

  • Christopher - 2012-03-21 19:20

    Lets start with making people who accuse others of Witchcraft as being criminals, who attack alleged witches as criminal, who kill alleged witches as being criminal, include native healers and Pentecostal Christian Ministers who encourage such things and claim falsely to cure such people for a fee. This alone would end a major human rights crime that is disgracing South Africa.

  • guy.goes1 - 2012-03-22 08:11

    Human rights are a vital part of democracy, it needs to be treasured and protected by all. These rights come with serious responsibilities and a general acceptence that we have to be tolerant and respectful to each other.

  • Chidi Clement - 2013-09-06 02:13

    I had an accident 2008 january 20th.i have a broken leg and fracture on d spine on my neck,and broken hand also broken head.then they ar trying 2 robe me by saying that my claim is r200,000 and 25pecent off 4rm my claim,and 80pecent disscount of my treatment in any hosipital,which i requested for my claim content 4rm the layer and he refuse.now my neck need a surgry also i refuse to take that becos is poor to be my claim knw they ar telling me that they wil delay my payment due to my request.they told me that no one can quesion there autority.so i need help this is my right they want to intimidate me due to my not doing anything pls help. my number is 0839630907.

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