Government response to problems could avert London-style riots, says protector

2011-08-11 12:09

A swift response by government to people’s problems could ensure the country did not experience London-style riots, the Public Protector has said.

It was when people gave up on democracy that there was unrest similar to that in London and other parts of the world, Advocate Thuli Madonsela said at a forum on her office’s work in Pietermaritzburg, KZN.

People would have faith in the government and its structures if public representatives were held accountable.

She urged government departments which took issue with her office to use the correct channels to express their opinions.

“Take us on review on the pronouncements we have made, but do so quickly so that the public does not lose faith in the democratic system,” said Madonsela.

She was speaking during a panel discussion with the public.

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