Christian leaders blast Thuli Madonsela

2014-03-13 12:51

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Some Christian religious leaders have criticised Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, accusing her of “poisoning the atmosphere” in the country.

Bishop Pule Makgethi told journalists in Johannesburg today: “Our main bone of contention is that the Public Protector is poisoning the atmosphere in our country by her general demeanour in the execution of her duties, particularly in the matters of advocate Pansy Tlakula and SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng.”

The religious leaders said they represented African independent churches which had a combined membership of more than 1 million.

They had come together to address media out of concern for “demonic forces which planned to derail the revolution and the freedom of our people”.

In her report in August last year, Madonsela found that Tlakula, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) chairperson, had acted irregularly in the procurement of the IEC office building in Centurion, south of Pretoria.

Madonsela also investigated allegations by a few SABC staff against Motsoeneng.

The report titled When Ethics Fail found Motsoeneng’s appointment was irregular as was his salary progression. She found that his salary had increased from R1.5 million to R2.4 million in one year.

Makgethi said although they respected Madonsela’s office and her work, they would not do so blindly.

“We are not investigating the Public Protector. We are merely responding as we have observed and as community leaders guide, educate and inform our members.”

The leaders’ conclusion was that Madonsela wanted to deliberately leave an impression that Motsoeneng was a “corrupt and uncontrollable person”.

Regarding Tlakula, Makgethi said Madonsela had used “insinuations” to poison the thinking of the public so that it would lose confidence in her ability to lead the IEC.

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