We’re on the same team, Thuli Madonsela tells state organs

2014-08-15 18:22

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela believes the relationship between her office and the government needs to be strengthened.

Madonsela, speaking at the University of the Witwatersrand’s Business School in Johannesburg yesterday, said her office’s stakeholder dialogue for the year was focused on enhancing working relations between the public protector and organs of state.

Gauteng premier David Makhura, speaker of the provincial legislature Ntombi Mekgwe and the Johannesburg mayor Parks Tau were part of the panel at the dialogue.

Madonsela said her office was created by the Constitution to inform the government when they “missed some spots” while executing their responsibilities, and that they should admit and make amends when they did.

Makhura said his office was committed to implementing the reports of all institutions established in the Constitution, including that of the public protector.

“When members of the public come to you to complain about government we can’t complain about you as government. We have to look at the issues,” said Makhura.

He said his office would deal with problems and not wait until they were brought to Madonsela’s office.

“Most of the issues that come to you [Madonsela] can be resolved by us. They just need our will to act. Sometimes we are not humble enough to admit when we are wrong,” he said.

Mekgwe said her office was planning a workshop with Madonsela’s Gauteng office to strengthen co-operation, while Tau said the public protector’s office had helped to pass a by-law that would see the establishment of an ombudsman’s office to deal with service delivery complaints.

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