Madonsela starts countrywide road show

2011-07-11 07:15

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela will start a nationwide “road show” this week, aimed at getting feedback on her work and enhancing relations with organs of state, civil society and political parties.

Her spokesman, Kgalalelo Masibi, said yesterday: “The Public Protector has often raised concerns about the remedial action that is ignored by some organs of state, which dispute the findings of her investigations, leaving complainants in a state of despair.

“This process will therefore seek to highlight the plight of complainants whose livelihood is negatively affected by such actions that deal a blow to their rights to just administrative action,” Masibi said in a statement.

Madonsela’s two-month’s programme will allow her to hold one-on-one and mass meetings with stakeholders about remedial action and administrative justice, Masibi said.

The stakeholder consultative forums will be launched on July 12 at the Sheraton Hotel in Pretoria during a panel discussion session that would be attended by academics, heads of chapter 9 institutions, civil society leaders and commentators.

Madonsela will then spend two days in each province talking to interest groups and the general public.

The road show follows recent reports that police had planned to arrest Madonsela in relation to a R1.8 million payment to a company she owned by the SA Law Reform Commission while she still worked for the commission.

The police said they would not comment and Madonsela has denied the allegations.
She received amounts of R30 000, R7 000 and R3 000 for work her company did for the commission.

She also appointed an executive director for her company when she started working at the commission.

Madonsela was currently finalising reports about contracts police entered into to lease new headquarters in Pretoria and Durban for R500 million and R1.1 billion, respectively.

In her preliminary report, Madonsela found police chief General Bheki Cele guilty of maladministration for his role in the leasing. 

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