I feel sorry for ANC Women's League - Madonsela

2016-04-13 14:50
Thuli Madonsela (Picture: UWC)

Thuli Madonsela (Picture: UWC)

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The future belongs to those who invest in children - Thuli Madonsela

2016-04-13 11:49

Speaking at a youth research conference at Unisa, in Pretoria, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela said the future belongs to communities and nations that invest in their children.WATCH

Johannesburg - The ANCWL should focus on fighting for gender equality and inclusive development, instead of fighting wars which were not its own, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela told News24 on Wednesday.

"I really just think they are being misled. I think a lot of them are being used as proxies and I really feel sorry for them," she said after the ANC Women's League criticised her investigation of an apartheid-era banking scandal.

"Women shouldn't just be fighting for gender equality, they should be fighting for making sure that the state of South Africa is advancing everyone, because when the state fails, it's women who pick up the burden.

"I am not their enemy, maladministration is their enemy." 

ANCWL's secretary general Meokgo Matuba said the ANCWL was critical of Madonsela personally, but still respected her office.

She claimed that in 2011, Madonsela proclaimed to investigate the Ciex report. It was commissioned by government and implicated an apartheid-era bank, Bankorp, which Absa acquired in 1992, in corruption. However she said, nothing had come of this investigation.

"To this day apartheid crimes remain unpunished and Absa Bank continues to operate with no penalties attached.

"We demand a more objective and less populist person who will not campaign against government and its people but defend principles of the structures," Matuba said. 

The ANCWL’s criticism followed the Constitutional Court’s judgment last month that President Jacob Zuma violated the Constitution when he ignored Madonsela’s remedial action that he repay some of the money spent on so-called security upgrades to his private Nkandla homestead.

Madonsela said she was surprised by the ANCWL's interest in the Bankorp matter. She said she would clarify it, "for them to understand what they are dealing with".

She said the investigation into the Ciex report was not against any individual or organisation, but against government, and was a complex investigation.

"It is alleged that the government of the Republic of South Africa mishandled the opportunity to claim back the money that was paid to Bankorp during apartheid. It is a very complex investigation," Madonsela said.

Her office investigated alleged improper conduct of state actors, and she could only investigate matters which happened after the public protector’s office was established in 1995.

Madonsela said the only reason she agreed to investigate the Ciex report was because she was convinced to confine it to what happened between 1997 and 2001.

The only two people accused of wrongdoing were former president Nelson Mandela and the SA Reserve Bank governor at the time. Madonsela said her investigation into the matter was "moving forward".

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