Government respects public protector - Ramaphosa

2015-11-12 20:33
Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. (Lerato Maduna/Foto24)

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. (Lerato Maduna/Foto24)

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Cape Town - Government respects the office of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela and she is not being singled out.

This is according to Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, who was speaking in Parliament on Thursday during a question and answer session.

Asked by DA MP Phumzile van Damme about what was seen as unfair treatment of the public protector and her repeated cries for more funding, Ramaphosa said government was committed to the office of the public protector.

“The office of the public protector is well respected. Not only in terms of our Constitution but at a political level as well. The public protector’s work is very important in achieving the mandate that is clearly set out in our Constitution and the fact that the public protector has complained about funding is clearly a reality.”

He said her office, however, was not the only one that was facing funding challenges.

“There are many other institutions and offices that are short of money. The public protector’s office is clearly not being singled out for any reason whatsoever. It is largely because of the shortage of funding broadly [that she doesn’t get more funding].

“The public protector is an important structure within our political architecture and we will go on supporting the work of the public protector.”

Ramaphosa said that was something they were committed to.

The Times on Wednesday reported that the public protector was feeling the pinch and closing some regional offices due to lack of funds.

The first office that would be shut permanently was the Siyabuswa regional office in Mpumalanga, and others would follow, it was reported.

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