DA to take up Madonsela matter urgently

2011-07-06 17:51

kalahari.com

  • Police
    A 'behind the scenes' look at how the emergency services work. Now R310.00
    buy now
Johannesburg - The opposition Democratic Alliance says that it has noted with "extreme concern" the reports that the SA Police Service (SAPS) is on the point of arresting the Public Protector, Advocate Thuli Madonsela, for crimes that are unclear, but apparently relate to her tenure as a member of the SA Law Reform Commission.

The party added on Wednesday that it would be taking up the matter urgently with the chairperson of the justice portfolio committee when it attended the Chief Justice's access to justice conference in Johannesburg on Friday.

This allegation was of particular concern, according to the DA, when seen in the light of the fact that Madonsela was appointed by the president in October 2009, after a selection process in Parliament wherein she received the full support of all parties.

"No allegations were made at that time of any wrongdoing," the DA said.

It added that the police investigation reportedly commenced in February this year, at around the time the public protector released her first report into the SAPS lease in Pretoria, in which she found the actions of Commissioner Bheki Cele to be unlawful, and also found fault with the actions of the Department of Public Works.

Furthermore, Madonsela was "on the verge of releasing her second report into the SAPS lease in Durban", which was by all accounts more damning than the first report.

The DA said that, days after the story broke, there were allegations of impropriety regarding the Pretoria lease, and one of the journalists responsible for writing the story was arrested by police on charges that were later thrown out of court.

"In addition, The Sunday Times last week made public the fact that both Mzilikazi wa Afrika and Stephan Hofstatter [who wrote the first expose on lease deals involving Cele] had been advised that their movements and communications were under surveillance."

Pattern of intimidation

In early March, shortly after the release of the first report, two SAPS members paid a "visit" to the offices of the Public Protector, requesting information that they reportedly already had in their possession.

The DA said that the Public Protector herself, when appearing before the Justice Portfolio Committee shortly thereafter, advised that her staff had been unsettled by this action.

"However, the police officers have since been cleared of any wrongdoing, with the SAPS saying that they had been engaging in official business."

The DA contended that there was thus already "a clearly established pattern of intimidation" of anybody who has been involved in finding or exposing wrongdoing on the part of the SAPS.

"It is too coincidental that these allegations against the public protector are now surfacing."

The DA added that it was fundamental to SA's democracy that Chapter 9 Institutions be permitted to exercise their powers and functions "without fear, favour or prejudice".

"Advocate Madonsela has shown herself to be fulfilling that mandate in exemplary fashion to date. If there is no substance to the reported SAPS allegations that she has infringed the law [the Public Protector has denied any wrongdoing], and if it is true that they are investigating her and are on the verge of an arrest, this conduct amounts to a continuation of the campaign of intimidation of the Public Protector, by the SAPS in particular, and may well contravene section 181(4) of the Constitution, as well as section 11(1) of the Public Protector Act, 23 of 1994, which makes it an offence to interfere with the functioning of this institution."

The party said that urgent answers were needed from the minister of police on these issues.


Read more on:    police  |  da  |  sa law reform commission  |  thuli madonsela  |  bheki cele  |  police lease saga  |  corruption
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
36 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/Africa
 

Device lets disabled people talk through their nose

A device that converts nose breaths into speech will open new doors for people with Parkinson’s or motor neuron disease.

 
 

For chic geeks...

It’s THIS easy for someone to steal your ATM pin!
This is why you should install iOS 8
17 photo illusions that look so real
Check out the speed of this robo-cheetah!

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Pre-order your iPhone 6 at kalahari.com

Hurry and pre-order your own iPhone 6 now at SA’s favourite online store!

Bargain box – 60% off

Reduced prices, very limited stock. While stocks last. Hurry and shop now!

Mind blow low prices on electronics

Get either the Prestigio multiphone or Proline tablet 7” tablet for only R699. Offers valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off Barbie toys

Save 30% on all Barbie toys and accessories. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Baby extravanganza month at kalahari.com

Celebrate baby month with a wide range of awesome baby products. Offers valid while stocks last. Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Don`t judge so quickly or expect too much, be more accepting and understanding and make space for fun and spontaneity. ...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.