PP speaks to packed house at UKZN

2016-03-16 06:00
PHOTO: nicole john Thuli Madonsela speaks to future lawyers at UKZN last week.

PHOTO: nicole john Thuli Madonsela speaks to future lawyers at UKZN last week.

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WITH only nine months left in her term of office, Public Prosecutor, Thuli Madonsela, said she would like to continue her involvement in the law faculty at the University of KwaZulu-Natal “just as a person”. Madonsela said this when she delivered an encouraging speech to future lawyers during her guest address last week.

She focused on nurturing young legal talent and emphasised the importance of these young minds in the current South African climate.

“The legal profession is an important pillar in society.”

She explained that nurturing young talent is about using old skills to develop new voices and because of the current information age young people know much more about this, which is beneficial to all.

She added that young people are at the forefront of change in trying to fight for the greater good. She explained the history of the public prosecutor’s office and how the position developed from serving at the pleasure of the president to establishing a distinction between the executive of the country and the office of the public protector.

“It is not left to individuals to decide what’s best for the greater good,” she said.

She encouraged lawyers to continue fighting for the justice and peace that the father’s of the country fought for many years ago, until all people living in the country have access to the “fruits of democracy”.

“Today is better than yesterday. We are now in the fourth industrial revolution, but many people have not yet benefitted from the second industrial revolution, and still live without electricity.”

Madonsela, who vacates office in October, said the office of the public prosecutor will continue to have a lasting relationship with UKZN, however, she plans to take a year sabbatical once she goes back into society.

Madonsela cannot be re-elected to the position of public prosecutor as the position is a seven-year non-renewable term.

“The office has done better with everyone over the years and I hope and am certain this success will continue,” she said.

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