Madonsela denies Midvaal errors

2012-10-22 21:13

Johannesburg - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has denied there were errors in her investigation into the Midvaal local municipality.

Madonsela had clarified that "no errors were committed in her investigation of irregularities at Midvaal local municipality in Gauteng", her office said on Monday.

This followed a report in the Sunday Independent that Madonsela had "admitted to errors" in her investigation of the Democratic Alliance-led Midvaal municipality.

Madonsela's office said she had "only admitted to the fact that she had made undertakings on the release of the report, which were not met because the report didn't come through as agreed from the investigation team".

The Sunday Independent reported that she had failed to instruct the law society to probe attorney Andre Odendaal, who was also the DA leader in the area, and who was "fingered in her report".

Madonsela said a letter should have been sent to the Law Society of the Northern Provinces on the day the report was released to the public.

"In the case of Midvaal, it appears as though the letters and the report were not sent (to) the Law Society."

This was "an oversight" and she had not been aware that it had not been sent.

"It is important to note that the Public Protector was not aware of this oversight, hence she made reference to this particular case when she addressed the Law Society's AGM on Saturday, 6 October, 2012.

Unsubstantiated allegations

"The Public Protector has also made mention of the case during a recent interview with the Law Society's magazine, De Rebus," her office said.

The documents would now be sent to the Law Society.

The protector again denied "yet unsubstantiated allegations" that she had held back the report until after the 2011 local government elections. "... The investigation process remained with the Deputy Public Protector and team until after the election, with the Public Protector being given the provisional report on 18 May 2011."

The elections were held on 18 May last year.

Earlier this month, the Sunday Times reported that Madonsela's deputy Mamiki Shai had claimed that Madonsela changed the findings of the Midvaal report.

The report also alleged that Madonsela deliberately withheld its release until after the May 2011 municipal elections. The results of the Midvaal probe were announced in November 2011.

Madonsela was concerned about the anonymous allegations against her, and the time she spent responding to media enquiries about them, her office said.

It called on those with allegations against her to make a sworn statement under oath and lodge it with the Auditor General under the Protected Disclosure Act of 2000.

Alternatively, they could forward it to Parliament, which was looking into allegations against her and her office.

"In this regard, the Public Protector will no longer entertain such enquiries," her office said.

  • SharonE - 2012-10-22 21:23

    They won't stop until she is destroyed. Thuli has such high standing in SA that this is the only way to get rid of her is to discredit her. It is so transparent it makes me sick!!! Thuli, you can do so much more beyond the restraints of your position. Become an opposition leader - beat them at their own game.

      colin.dovey - 2012-10-22 21:48

      Troll alert - just been cut and pasted - please ignore

      atholl.canterbury - 2012-10-22 22:20

      Tsotsibaby - it's you again. Those books that you've read, all that Robert Jenson stuff ---> the underprivileged -- and the blah blah baby babytalk Throw those books away, baby, the writers/authors admitted that what they were writing --was a joke--,--is a joke-- and ---will be a joke--, Other than that, when you repeat a joke, always try to make it sound different, otherwise, after the first few words, you'll get whispers like, 'i've heard this before' or 'I know how this ends' etc

      atholl.canterbury - 2012-10-22 22:23

      Give it a go now, baby, We're waiting --- we can walk you through with this one ...

      johan.fourie.566 - 2012-10-23 06:01

      tsotsi ...the only value that whiteness holds in this country is what they are prepared to give up and what not to give up...It has nothing to do with the colour of a skin but with a mindset. So if whiteness holds that much value to you you can get it my changing your mind by not supporting the corruption, the rape, the murders and the crime in the country... Try it you might just be surprised

      sean.carbutt - 2012-10-23 10:10

      Hey guys, ignore the troll tsotsibaby PIENAAR. Yip he is a tappit from some far reaching place where education has not yet emerged. [no offence intended for the afrikaans folk here]

  • sakhile.gamede - 2012-10-22 21:56

    Now its the DA,damn plitics are dirty!!!

  • hannes.bez.3 - 2012-10-22 22:13

    Go, brave lady, go! Your courage and honesty in everything you deal with is an absolute inspiration to everyone who seeks truth and openness in this wrotten-to-the-core excuse for a government of ours. We all pray that your resolve to do what you do so well will not ultimately be buried by those for whom truth, honesty, openness and service to their communities rather than feathering their and their pals' pockets are totally strange and alien concepts.

  • hannah.p.mostert - 2012-10-22 23:07

    Thuli is an honest woman and I respect her for doing what is right, Thuli for President

  • thechrisberryshow - 2012-10-23 06:45

    Madonsela and Mazibuko - sisters be doin it for themselves, and they are a doing a stellar job!

  • quartus.vanzyl - 2012-10-23 08:07

    Madonsela should get rid of her deputy asap!!

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