Parties praise Madonsela's courage during her term

2016-09-08 10:16
Thuli Madonsela (File, Beeld)

Thuli Madonsela (File, Beeld)

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Cape Town – Opposition parties heaped praise on outgoing Public Protector Thuli Madonsela on Wednesday, calling her a courageous crusader who had been a blessing to the country.

Political parties were debating the Public Protector candidacy of Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane, who was endorsed by the National Assembly to take over from Madonsela with an overwhelming majority on Wednesday.

The UDM's Nqabayomzi Kwankwa said Madonsela had served the nation with distinction.

The EFF's chief whip Floyd Shivambu called for Madonsela to be given a chance to address the National Assembly.

The party had written to Speaker Baleka Mbete with such a request.

"She must be allowed to bid farewell and give certain advice to public administrators and to politicians on how do we avoid circumstances where we're going to misuse public resources, avoid undue benefits, avoid undue delays in the provision of services," he said. 

Proper thank you

She had done a great job, Shivambu said, paying tribute to her.

"She indeed became the biblical David who fought the most powerful and the well-resourced Goliath and she emerged victorious."

The ACDP's Steve Swart said Madonsela was one of the true crusaders and champions of anti-corruption and governance, and they believe she should be thanked, properly. 

Cope's said she had exercised her powers in a competent, courageous manner.

The PAC's Luthando Mbinda called Madonsela a blessing, a "courageous African woman who, against any form of intimidation, could stand tall and speak the truth to authority".    

Madonsela's term ends mid-October. 

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