ANC slams Madonsela’s DA rally

2012-08-11 07:48

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela was roasted by the ANC for attending a DA Women’s Day rally in Port Elizabeth.

ANC chief whip Mathole Motshekga said in a statement he “noted with concern” Madonsela’s decision to attend the event on Thursday.
“Advocate Madonsela’s decision to attend a political party rally was ill-considered as it opens up her office to perceptions of political bias,” he said.

The Constitution requires that the Public Protector be “independent, impartial and to exercise her powers without fear or prejudice,” he said.

“Attending and giving keynote addresses at political events of political parties has the potential to compromise these basic constitutional principles, which the Public Protector is enjoined to uphold and promote.”

Motshekga said with Madonsela’s “perceived closeness” to the DA, members of the public might ask how she would in future treat complaints against the DA’s administration.

“The public will be reasonably suspicious of a head of a state institution supporting constitutional democracy electing to attend a political party-organised Women’s Day rally over an impartial government Women’s Day event,” he said.

Madonsela has in the past been accused of bias towards the DA after her office amended her report that found that a marketing contract awarded by the Western Cape government to advertising agency TBWA/Hunt Lascaris was invalid.

She investigated the tender after a complaint by the ANC in the Western Cape.

At the DA’s Women’s Day celebrations on Thursday Madonsela said widespread maladministration in the public service was hampering efforts to emancipate women.

She called on the women to fight for gender equality by ensuring that the organs of state were used effectively.

The DA regularly brings complaints of maladministration to her office.

DA Women’s Network leader Petro Nel and Madonsela’s spokesperson, Kgalalelo Masibi, did not answer their phones.

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