Madonsela accused of protecting friend

2012-07-01 17:45

Johannesburg - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela is under fire from Independent Electoral Commission staff and the United Democratic Movement.

She’s been accused of selectively tackling alleged corruption and maladministration involving her friend, electoral commission chairperson Pansy Tlakula.

Concerned commission employees have written to Themba Godi, the chairperson of Parliament’s standing committee on public accounts, and the commission’s deputy head Terry Tselane, asking them to inves­tigate a multimillion-rand lease involving Tlakula’s business partner.

United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa has lodged complaints against the commission with Madonsela – but he is unhappy with her progress. His complaint relates to the commission’s R320m office lease, in which Parliament’s finance portfolio committee chairperson Thaba Mufamadi’s company, Manaka Property Investment, has a stake.

In April, City Press revealed that Tlakula and Mufamadi are fellow directors in three companies.

Mufamadi co-owns Manaka Property Investment with Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale.

Commission employees say there’s no progress because the probe involves powerful and high-profile ANC members.

“It is clear that Madonsela is very reluctant to probe and embarrass her own personal friend [Tlakula],” reads the memorandum to Godi.

Forensic probe

“She [Madonsela] seems prepared to rather compromise her own institution, work and image it has built over the years to protect a friend,” it continues.

Employees are demanding a forensic probe into the electoral commission’s finances.

“This proves beyond reasonable doubt that the venerated public protector selectively tackles corruption and maladministration in government,” said Holomisa.

Godi confirmed receipt of the memorandum and said Scopa would look into the allegations.

Tselane did not respond to City Press enquiries.

Deputy chief electoral officer Norman du Plessis confirmed the commission was aware of the letter and would “in due course” announce its approach.

“Tlakula, for her part, points out that the commission acquired its present accommodation through a public tender,” said Du Plessis.

“It would be in the best interest of all parties and the public that the report or hearing regarding the complaint be expedited,” he said.

The commission has asked all its staff members to cooperate fully with the public protector’s investigation, Du Plessis said.

He said Tlakula denied any impropriety on her part or conflict of interest and had provided full details and supporting documentation as requested by Madonsela.

“She feels that until the matter has been formally investigated . . . it would not be appropriate to respond further to what she regards as malicious allegations.”

Madonsela’s office did not respond to enquiries by City Press.

  • leko.dada1 - 2012-07-01 18:10

    e' tu Madonsela!

      sheda.habib - 2012-07-01 18:17

      City Press....the same "newspaper" that withdrew the spear. The same newspaper that obeyed governments illegal requests. i think we should all ignore this article

      bernpm - 2012-07-01 19:56

      Anyone on the straight and narrow, will be experiencing attempts to get you of the road.

      rupesh.hari.7 - 2012-07-02 08:20

      I don't think Madonsela is corrupt. She has complained many times that her office cannot go through all the complaints (given the large numbers of corruption cases in SA). She has probably given lower priority to this. She has a record of going after government members so give her a chance. She is the one person a large proportion of blacks and whites on New24 seem to like. I don't think Bantu is corrupt is either. He is the one who left the ANC after open the lid on corruption. I hope Madonsela goes after more and more corrupt people. Done a good job so far. Well done lady. I am truly proud to be SAfrican when I hear her good work (even though it is often nullified by those times when I hear why she has so much work ha ha).

  • Tommo - 2012-07-01 18:12

    The public protector is her title. But is she supposed to protect her friends?

  • Tommo - 2012-07-01 18:12

    The public protector is her title. But is she supposed to protect her friends?

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-07-01 18:32

      Did you independently verify the allegations made against the PP or you take whatever anyone says against her as the Gospel Truth? - 2012-07-02 08:39

      @themba.thwala.98 - you damn idiot-so far every accusation that has been made against the ANC have turned out to be true. the ones that were proved wrong are the ones where Zuma and Mdluli made the evidence disappear. i don't know why parents let there young children make comments on these news platforms, really.

  • isabel.w.stokes - 2012-07-01 18:31

    The government will do anything to discredit this woman. They tried once and failed, but like the cretins they are they go on trying. She's our champion, one of the very few we have these days. Why would she do such a stupid thing when she knows that a lot of nasty people are just waiting for her to step out of line? The ANC doesn't like opposition, and this woman is such a threat they'll do anything to get rid of her. The City Press has proved itself to be a toothless dog, ready to lie down and play dead for the government. I would take their reports with a couple of kilos of salt.

      Tankiso Mogoje - 2012-07-01 18:53

      I can see that you not working tomorrow because you are drunk on a Sunday.Who is accusing her?government or Bantu Holomisa?

      smili.fication - 2012-07-01 19:03

      Isebel here is a bells for you! - 2012-07-01 23:21

      @isabel.w.stokes - You want a reason why? let me give you R320mn reasons idiots, bed time

      mthetheleli.ntshobololo.1 - 2012-07-02 02:35

      @isabel, you smoked nyaope. nobody is immune to critic.

      mthetheleli.ntshobololo.1 - 2012-07-02 02:39

      @isabel,this is the woman whose child crashed a state vehicle & the other child posted a silly remark on social network saying she was greatefull her brother crashed the car, they got a sexy one.

      isabel.w.stokes - 2012-07-02 08:18

      Tankiso, lke most ANC supporters who haven't got a leg to stand on, you're resorting to personal aruments. I'm not even going to dignify that with an answer. Who's got more "likes"? You or me? Bantu Holomisa, obviously, but you cannot deny that this government has tried and failed many times before to discredit this lady. She's working for us, and is on our side, that's why the ANC hates her.

      marion.friedenthal - 2012-07-02 09:46

      One of the main reasons I don't come on News24 much anymore is the way some people just have to resort to personal insults in their posts rather than just posting their opinion on the article. Pathetic cretins - Tankiso and Ntshobs. That said, there are times I have been a pathetic cretin myself. This comment is one of those times. Cretins.

      smili.fication - 2012-07-02 14:13

      Marion... you are not very good at it :( Tankiso and Ntshobs STFU you jobless k&*ts.... the best thing you can do is to throw yourselves off the ANC gravy train!

  • peter.fraser.92754 - 2012-07-01 18:51

    Where there is smoke.....

      Lacrimose - 2012-07-01 18:56

      ...there's a necklace

      smili.fication - 2012-07-01 19:02

      Theres malema and a witch doctor!

      Lacrimose - 2012-07-01 21:51

      @Smilification - or according to an MEC, Satanism! Come on N24, run the story!

  • Billy - 2012-07-01 19:00

    will have to see how true this is remember, if anc does not like what madonsela finds within her job, she will be thrown out. the scorpians are a prime example. "you must find corruption, just now within us, go look somewhere els, or els"

  • wiseman.hlatshwayo.5 - 2012-07-24 09:49

    find a new story and leave Madonsela out and indeed this newspaper must have integrity or ...

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