Govt must be open to criticism: Madonsela

2011-09-05 21:31

Johannesburg - Government needs to be open to constructive criticism in order to promote good governance, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela said on Monday.

"There are instances where some organs of state have spent a lot of money... just to establish who blew the whistle to oversight agencies such as my office," she said in Kimberley.

"Instead of spending funds on such ventures... the concerned organs of state should have rather looked into the allegations to establish if they have merit."

According to a statement from her office, she made these remarks to the Northern Cape legislature.

Madonsela urged government to keep an open mind when dealing with criticism on its decisions or conduct.

Leadership and accountability were key to addressing service delivery failures, she said.

Acting Northern Cape Premier Kenny Mmoiemang said the public protector's office not only worked for the benefit of ordinary citizens but also for that of the government.

"It should also be a source of comfort for a government that is serious about ensuring accountability and delivery," he said.

Madonsela's meeting with the provincial government formed part of a national drive to get feedback on the public protector's work and to tell people of its mandate and role.

  • Rob Gunning - 2011-09-05 21:39

    Tuli, I agree with you 100%.

      letsee - 2011-09-06 14:50

      Not accepyable for that would expose incompetence and corruption. Rather go ahead with the info bill.

  • letsee - 2011-09-05 21:45

    Unfortunately African governants don't understand their role, can't plan for the future, can't strategize and can't manage and use public money to keep themselves n power.

      Phaedioux - 2011-09-05 22:21

      @Agwambo - for a toilet cleaner you seem to have forgotten your station?

      Sit-hole - 2011-09-05 22:37

      Agwambo can't understand intelligence when he sees it. Thulisile Madonesla is South Africa's Public Protector. She is also a human rights lawyer and equality expert. Madonesla is one of the 11 technical experts. Agwambo. go grab urself a nice hot cup of coffee & enjoy the only thing you understand.

      Sihle KaMazibuko Mkhize - 2011-09-05 22:44

      With the Euro zone debt crisis and the USA reaching their debt ceiling you're still making stupid comments like these ? SMH

      Francois - 2011-09-05 23:18

      Sinudeity, I think you are better than that, you are playing right into Negeshona's hands. He wants you to get angry. Don't let them get the better of us.

      Sinudeity - 2011-09-06 05:37

      Francois - I am angry. The fools are speaking out against jacobs corruption, but will defend malemas corruption. They called Mbeki a snake and burnt his tshirt, said they will kill for zuma. Now they want to kill zuma, burn his tshirt while wearing mbeki tshirts. All while calling us 'coconut/racist/anti-black/tea-girl/imperialist/pink pig' etc.

  • Phaedioux - 2011-09-05 22:14

    It is evident that government are very intolerant of criticism or being questioned - this is as evidenced by impending legislation and frequent outbursts by senior ANC officils. It would be good if they understood the difference between State and Party and acted accordingly. It would help tremendously if they and their cadre deployees kept their hands out of the cookie jar! It would help even more if they would catch, charge and punish those found with their hands in the cookie jar!

      Ex-employer - 2011-09-05 22:34

      They stole the whole cookie factory leaving no finger prints, thus no proof of theft.

      Phaedioux - 2011-09-05 22:37

      Ah.... that's why the need for toll fees! - no more cookies ledt!

      Phaedioux - 2011-09-05 22:37

      ledt! = left!

  • Ex-employer - 2011-09-05 22:30

    The lone voice in government, she's playing on AVBOB's stoep.

      Phaedioux - 2011-09-05 22:34

      Is that your assessment, or are you hoping she enters AVBOB's 'cooler room'? I believe that she is the only 'voice of reason and honesty' that is doing their job properly in the annals of government at present. Good for her!

      Francois - 2011-09-05 22:51

      She is not in government. It is an Article 22 appointment that is independent of government. She is however hamstrung by government that is obliged by the constitution to provide her with the means to execute her job. I don't think she is playing on Avbob's (Is it still the acronym for Alles vra Barend of Botha?) stoep, I think the whole Zuma gang is providing the banana peel for a country that they are forcing onto the stoep of Avbob, she might just slip sooner than the rest of SA.

      Phaedioux - 2011-09-05 22:58

      @Francois - it might be an Article 22 appointment, but who actually appointed her? AVBOB used to be jokingly referred to as an acronym for 'almal vrek behalwe ons boere!'.

      Francois - 2011-09-05 23:15

      Zoes Puma appointed her. I however think that her track record speaks for itself. She took on Hoede Cele without fear of favour and Hoede is a big pal of Zoes.

  • Totman - 2011-09-05 22:50

    Where is this woman coming from? Is she an alien that recently landed on earth? Her words is so sober and fresh. Is she only planted or genuine? She gives me hope and I hope she survive to be a future leader.

  • Verdade - 2011-09-06 00:59

    Well there's two ways of looking at criticism....correctly stated some just use it as a negative tool, on the other - constructive criticism and comments are viewed as anti ANC or against the African Agenda which in many cases are not the notion by the individual. Suffice to say there's lots of whites or non party members that actually care as what's happening in SA.

  • Guy McLaren - 2011-09-06 07:04

    AVBOB is Alle Vrek Boere onder Bewaring, but to explain what was meant by playing on AVBOB's stoep. Is she is playing very close to the mortuary and is in danger. We trust that this is not so, because the act of assassinating Thuli will lead to results that we don't want in this country. Agwambo, the race card is boring. You seem to believe that being white precludes me from comment or opinion. It is people like you and your brothers on the other side of the racial spectrum are racist. 100% Boer or 100% Black empowerment are two sides of the same stupidity coin. Pride in your skin colour is folly. What did you do to be white or black or yellow? I thought so, accident of birth right? Things to be proud of would be your contribution to the country and I am not seeing much in the way of contribution from you or the other racists. Thuli deserves the support of every South African. She has courage, integrity which is more than can be said of most of the naysayers and anonymous commenters on these forums.

      daaivark - 2011-09-06 08:31

      Well said. Nice comment all in all.

  • betha - 2011-09-06 07:28

    Why is this women not our president?

  • mbuzi mee - 2011-09-06 08:44


  • PinkAndProud - 2011-09-06 10:03

    Madonsela for president. At least there is one black person in SA who understands that criticism does not equal racism.

  • Scotsman - 2011-09-06 10:39

    Before we forget all the good work Tuli did with the irregular and illegal Police leases...what has happened to the discipline and punishment for Cele and Gwen!!Not to mention Mr Shabangu. We must'nt let that go unanswered.

  • sam malindi - 2011-09-14 08:16

    Thuli is right criticism it is a good building stone you will be able to see wrong and wright,yes goverment must be open.Cosatu your only labour movement do not mix with politics.

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