Campaign sees overwhelming support for Madonsela

2014-11-19 00:00

NATIONWIDE support for Public Protector Thuli Madonsela was shown yesterday in a campaign by TogetherSA.

The campaign called, “We the People”, after the first three words of the South African Constitution, was created in support of Madonsela and her team.

With as many as 510 supporters in TogetherSA’s first campaign and a social reach of over 200 000, founder Di Smith and her team are overwhelmed at the support. Smith said she had been ecstatic at the number of people who had joined the online march yesterday afternoon.

“We are very upbeat about it. We are so chuffed we have been able to have such a large social reach without any marketing or funding.

“All of this was done from a small office in Pietermaritzburg by a team of three and the fact that we have been able to reach so many people is great,” said Smith.

TogetherSA team member Nikita Stanley said she was happy with the amount of support the campaign for Madonsela had got, but the work was far from over.

“Just because the campaign is over doesn’t mean we won’t continue our support for Thuli. There is still work to do,” said Stanley.

Smith said she wanted to encourage South Africans to report corruption and to create more platforms for whistle-blowers to speak out.

“SA is fed up with corruption. It’s just escalated.”

Smith said her team would join the Durban North Rotary Club in awarding Madonsela the Paul Harris award at the ICC tomorrow night. Smith said they had compiled a book of photos and messages showing support for Madonsela by South Africans that TogetherSA would present to the public protector.

Durban North Rotary Club past-director governor Anthony Connolly, said Madonsela would be presented the award for her focus on maintaining high standards of ethics and integrity in her work.

“We never thought she’d consider accepting the award in person but the fact that she is shows she is really something special,” said Connolly.


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