‘No conflict’ with Madonsela – Malunga

2013-05-10 08:50

The relationship between Public Protector Thuli Madonsela and her deputy Kevin Malunga is civil and professional, with no conflict.

“There is nothing wrong in having different views. We should, in fact, have different views,” Malunga told the Mail&Guardian, and said he and Madonsela “agreed to disagree”.

On Monday, Malunga wrote to the parliamentary portfolio committee, which conducts oversight over the office of the Public Protector, to distance himself from Madonsela’s views in Parliament.

Last Thursday, ANC MP John Jeffery had voiced concern about whether the Public Protector’s investigations were appropriately aligned to its resources.

Jeffery questioned the investigation of a dispute between former national consumer commissioner Mamodupi Mohlala-Mulaudzi and trade and industry department head Lionel October after Mohlala-Mulaudzi lost two cases on the matter in the labour court.

Jeffery said he doubted the Public Protector was the appropriate institution for labour issues.

Madonsela disagreed, and said she believed no ombud anywhere else in the world would be asked to explain such issues.

According to the newspaper, Malunga believed “there is a certain decorum with regards to how we handle the institution we report to”.

“The spirit of my correspondence, is that we must respect Parliament, of course, not suck up to it,” he said.

“I have a view based on the law – section 181 (5) of the Constitution. We have to account to Parliament. We can’t be a law unto ourselves.”

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