Madonsela: Use Constitution before protest

2012-08-23 07:59

Johannesburg - Communities must use constitutional structures before resorting to protests, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela said on Wednesday.

She also appealed to public office-bearers to improve their accountability and communication with communities to avert unnecessary protests.

"As a woman, it hurts me every time people take to streets, because this results in people getting hurt and the destruction of people's property and the limited public infrastructure that the country has," she said.

Madonsela was addressing communities in Matibidi, near Graskop, in Mpumalanga, during an outreach event as part of the Public Protector National Stakeholder Dialogue.

She was told that corruption and fraud in the procurement and allocation of RDP houses was the main problem in the Thaba Chweu municipality.

Community members claimed that the municipality's database showed people as having received houses, when they had not and that houses were given to councillors' friends.

Long waiting lists and structural defects with houses were other problems.

They accused the municipality of not being transparent, claiming that some people got houses even though their applications were too late.

People also complained about a lack of medicine in local health centres, which had to turn away people with chronic medical conditions; and about the bad state of roads, which prevented children from attending school on rainy days.

Madonsela told the communities that at the end of the process, her office would facilitate an agreed action plan between all relevant role players on the issues raised.

  • PB - 2012-08-23 08:14

    If only we had 10 000 000 Thuli's!!!!! Educating the masses is a neverending mission. Hopefully she can get a couple of people at each of her appearances to GET IT. We can only dream of a peaceful informed nation.

  • stefan.kruger.1297 - 2012-08-23 08:23

    Agreed... Protesting is a good thing in a sense of people are starting to stand together, and the government cant handle it... but like she said, use the Constitution first, or even when a protest happens we shouldn't harm or break anything... breaking down the country is just causing more problems to fix...

  • komorison - 2012-08-23 08:31

    Breath of fresh air.

  • herman.heil - 2012-08-23 08:32

    How can she be the only sane person in the new SA? Wish she was in charge and not this bunch of criminals called the ay-and-see

  • andile.nokhetshe - 2012-08-23 08:34

    This woman is going to be 'fired' for being a hardworker and dedicated to serve the people.

      chris.gill.9849 - 2012-08-23 08:42

      It won't matter if she is eventually fired, she's destined for much bigger things...

  • sheralee.jones - 2012-08-23 08:39

    It's amazing how most of female leaders in this country are proving to be better leaders than their male counterparts....

      sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-08-23 08:47

      haha this does not include Susan Shabangu and Angie among others....

  • stuka.nel - 2012-08-23 08:51

    I honestly I hope there is more people like Advocate Thuli Madonsela out there in all colours of the spectrum...things NEED to change or South Africa will have a blood bath that will make the Marikana incedent look like a paint ball fight...

  • sibongile.makopi - 2012-08-23 08:53

    Hardworking people should be acknowledged for their work ethic not because they belong to either gender. All of us should adopt a strong work ethic irrespective of our gender. Bravo! Thuli Madonsela

  • Erna - 2012-08-23 09:10

    It seems like Thuli is doing a lot more to communicate with the people than the anc is. Maybe the president should take a leaf out of her book, and show the people that he actually cares!

  • terry.burne - 2012-08-23 09:11

    How do you get the sheeple to stop voting ANC - they have been brainwashed into voting for these idiots, and no amount of proof of just how corrupt and incompetent they are seems to get through to them. Every election they turn up in their millions and vote these crooks back into power - and then protest when these same crooks fail to deliver on their wild promises.

      Jacques - 2012-08-23 09:37

      The ANC has been steadily losing support for a few elections, national and local, for a while now. A tad naïve to thing every one of their millions of adoring supporters would just go 'screwit let's vote DA/IfP/whatever'. Keep the faith, man.

  • darren.fourie.7 - 2012-08-23 09:13

    Well said. Does nobody realise that this may be an effort by Julius Malema and his thugs to create unrest within the mining sector in order to further his own agenda of nationalising mines?

  • treyzo.mbelo - 2012-08-23 09:21

    She is saying all the right words, but one wonder whether if she will live up to her when elected president. it is always easier to speak from the side but wen you are given the hot seat you begin to see things differently

  • johleneh - 2012-08-23 09:22

    Honestly this woman should be awarded every medal/honour/reward possible. One shining beacon of hope in an otherwise dark, filthy cesspool of corruption and greed.

  • joe.peters.56 - 2012-08-23 09:52

    Vote DA

  • sean.odonnell.1466126 - 2012-08-23 09:54

    This women must be an absolute embarrassment to the ANC...She makes sense!!

  • sifiso.msimango - 2012-08-23 10:34

    sorry!! this constitution is not for us people on the ground, we dont understand it, we never will, its a copy & paste from abroad, even our government does not understand it either. its for foreigners, investment strangers, whatever. it must be changed to be african.

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