Protector 'treats all cases equally'

2012-04-24 12:04

Cape Town - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela gives equal treatment to every case she receives regardless of where it comes from, she told a radio station on Tuesday.

"We don't treat any complaints from any organisation with preference. I will be writing to the [Higher Education] Minister [Blade Nzimande] asking for evidence," she said on 567 CapeTalk.

She was responding to a comment by Nzimande last week that she was selective and gave preference to cases involving ministers.

He reportedly claimed she was being used by opposition forces and "Polokwane grievers" trying to run the country "from the grave".

"I just want to say I have a lot of respect for the minister. I don't think he would violate section 181(3) of the Constitution deliberately by undermining an institution based on democracy," she said.

Section 181 made provision for the public protector, with part three stating other organs of state should assist and protect such institutions.


Nzimande raised the question as to why Madonsela had managed to respond so quickly to claims of corruption levelled at crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli when she had been sitting on a SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) complaint from February 2010.

Madonsela said the SABC case was complex.

"We had an original complaint regarding management. As we are investigating, other issues are creeping in... which we then piled on the existing complaint."

She told the radio station her office did not have sufficient investigating capacity to deal with everything at once.

SABC staff had approached Madonsela twice to investigate maladministration claims, first against acting chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng and then against chief executive officer Lulama Mokhobo.

Madonsela rubbished the claim she was favouring the Democratic Alliance (DA).

She said she was considering releasing the statistics showing the number of cases launched by the DA, the African National Congress and the public.

The statistics would show she resolved cases across the board.

  • Rob - 2012-04-24 12:21

    Good on you Thuli Madonsela, At least with your dogged approach to investigate all claims without fear or favour, neither with any malice, South Africans, with you and Helen Zille still have hope, Thuli for Preseident,, !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Peter - 2012-04-24 16:11

      But, Rob .... "I don't think he would violate section 181(3) of the Constitution deliberately ....." --- a threat if ever I heard one. Bad form to say the least.

  • Thoka - 2012-04-24 12:38

    Why she responded so quickly. she is doing her job and so should you Mr Nzimande. do you have so much time on your hands to look at issues not concerning you in anyway. Education isystem is in shumbles to say the least and you poking your nose in other ministers affairs. Mrs Madonsela put Blade on your next assinment. He smells too much cash

  • Arthur - 2012-04-24 12:47

    I heard this woman speak on radio this morning. Thoroughly together,knowledgeable, articulate, convincing and efficient. Wonder if she has sisters, aunts, cousins who emulate her. Government needs them like yesterday!!

  • Chad - 2012-04-24 12:49

    Mrs Madinsela was appointed to her postion by Jacob Zuma in 2009...... judging by his appointments, can anyone trust her to be impartial?

  • Thozi - 2012-04-24 13:10

    Blade is a disappointing detractor who desperately needs a scapegoat to use in order to be in the limelight. He is attacking anything and everything constitutional, trying to appeal to the naive and adolescent masses. Unlike Mr Vavi, who has showed that he fights for all and specifically the down-trodden, poor Blade desperately wants recognition but going about it the wrong way. He should by now know he cannot outsmart the honest, sincere, earnest, genuine and frank Ms Thuli - while he, Blade, is the opposite of all those attributes.

  • Johnnie - 2012-04-24 13:12

    What has Thuli Madosela's investigating of the SABC got to do with Blade Nzimande?.Would it not be better if he confines himself with trying to do his job?

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