Public Protector's office won't collapse without Madonsela, her deputy says

2016-03-11 15:57
Thuli Madonsela (Lerato Maduna, Netwerk24)

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Durban – The office of the public protector is not going to collapse without Thuli Madonsela, her deputy Kevin Malunga said on Friday. 

Madonsela’s term as public protector comes to an end in October this year.

"All these prophets of doom who say she is going and it [the office] is going to collapse and it is going to become corrupt… that is nonsense," said Malunga.

Malunga, an advocate, was addressing the National Anti-Corruption Symposium at the Durban University of Technology’s Ritson Campus on Friday.  

Malunga was speaking about the role of the public protector in South Africa.

"This is an institution that has been doing its work with an arsenal of investigators. These are people who are principled and who know what they are doing.

"To the people of South Africa, there is certainly nothing to be afraid of as we go into the future because the foundations are strong and government now knows what to do.

"The courts have also made it clear, especially the Supreme Courts of Appeal."

Work with Protector

Speaking in Pietermaritzburg, Madonsela revealed this week that having served almost seven years in the non-renewable position, she would not serve again. She also said she would be going back to civil society and she would take a sabbatical to reflect on life.

Malunga urged civil society to work with the Office of the Public Protector.

He said no single entity owned the anti-corruption narrative.

"This is a partnership and a relay. We all work hard but let’s say that the National Prosecuting Authority decides to fall asleep then what?"

He said there was a lack of accountability in South Africa.

"Asset Forfeiture getting back those ill-gotten gains and prosecuting people is not going as well as it should. Advocacy groups should make sure that our remedial action and findings are adhered to and the skelms are prosecuted…"

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