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.

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