Madonsela bows out with grace and class - As it happened

2016-10-14 16:30

Outgoing Public Protector Thuli Madonsela spent her last press conference thanking the public, and refused to be drawn on the actions of her detractors. Read the Live Update for how the day unfolded.


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Last Updated at 21:57
14 Oct 16:37

News24 will be closing the Live Update as outgoing Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's last press conference comes to an end.

Follow News24 for all the latest updates on #StateCapture and #ThuliMadonsela.

14 Oct 16:34
Madonsela receives a standing ovation as she bows out.

14 Oct 16:33
Deputy Public Protector KevinMalunga asks the media to give Thuli Madonsela a round of applause.

14 Oct 16:33
Zondo says they look forward to engagements with the new Public Protector and will continue to lead in the same way they did with Madonsela.

14 Oct 16:29
Public Protector CEO Louisa Zondo addresses the media on the end of Madonsela's tenure, describing it as a 'bitter sweet moment'.

14 Oct 16:29
Madonsela on security concerns: Yes there were security concerns, but honestly we're all going to die. Ultimately the decision is in God's hands.

14 Oct 16:28
Madonsela on comments from Gwede Mantashe - he said she often saved the ANC from itself.

14 Oct 16:28

14 Oct 16:27

14 Oct 16:25
Madonsela says her office was not only about their "Nkandla legacy".

Their greatest glory was resolving issues that couldn't be resolved by the courts, for ordinary South Africans.

14 Oct 16:24
Madonsela momentarily stops speaking as BLF protesters can be heard chanting and singing outside.

14 Oct 16:17

Madonsela on 'underhanded people': "I didn't mean any particular person. I was saying just because in society we deal with underhanded people, doesn't mean we should be underhanded too.

"I'm glad you asked that question because I'm sure some of you might have left with the impression that I was referring to two people who have been voted into positions of trust," she says with a smile.

"But I wasn't referring to anyone specifically."

14 Oct 16:11

Another journalist asks: "How safe is 'safekeeping' in Parliament?"

14 Oct 16:10

Another journalist asks a cheeky question:

"Ms Madonsela, I wouldn't want to get it wrong. When you say underhanded people, who are you referring to?

"Can you confirm you are not referring to Des van Rooyen, or President Jacob Zuma?

"I need to get the facts right," he says cheekily.

Laughter from the gathered media.

14 Oct 16:06
News24 will go live soon with an analysis on the state capture report drama today:

14 Oct 16:04

More round of questions.

"I don't have political ambitions. I've always worked to help people engage proper democratic principles. That I will continue to do. But I have no plans to be an office bearer."

14 Oct 16:02

Madonsela on why she won't release the report despite an interdict not being approved yet.

"Just because we deal with underhanded people, doesn't mean we too must be underhanded."

14 Oct 16:01
She also said she is writing a book.

14 Oct 16:00

Madonsela on "where to from here?": I suspect to continue to protect the public, despite no longer being Public Protector.

My entire career has been on protecting the public and advocating for social justice.

But next here I am going to take a sabbatical.

14 Oct 15:59
Madonsela on her departure: My institution is grossly understaffed, and when the dust has settled people will agree I did what I had to do.

14 Oct 15:58

She wraps. Deputy PP Kevin Malunga now speaking.

14 Oct 15:56

Madonsela says she doesn't know how the court is going to handle the interdict decision against her state capture report.

"At no stage did I say I was going to issue an interim report. I said it would be a two-phase process.

"The second phase is indicated in the report."

14 Oct 15:55
Madonsela on label "SA's biggest tell-tale": I am not the whistleblower, I am the one who investigates what whistleblowers tell me, she jokes.

14 Oct 15:53

Madonsela now answering the questions.

"Regarding the binding nature of our findings, the disciplinary proceedings are binding unless reviewed.

"One of the regrets I have is that we didn't expedite the finalisation of the rules, and the fact that our powers are binding."

14 Oct 15:48
He also asks the logistics surround the state capture report, and if the process has to start all over again if President Jacob Zuma or Des van Rooyen are successful in their interdict bids.

14 Oct 15:47

A BBC journalist asks her if she has any regrets.

An SABC journalist asks if she is disappointed by the decision taken by the court today to postpone the matter of the report's release to November 1.

14 Oct 15:45
"I wouldn't use any adjective to describe anyone," she said in answer to a journalist's question who asked her to describe President Jacob Zuma.

14 Oct 15:45

14 Oct 15:44

Answering another question on incoming PP Busisiwe Mkhwebane.

"Do I have a trust deficit? No I don't."

14 Oct 15:43
"When my former colleagues accused me of all manner of things, Parliament asked me to respond, and I asked my team to respond on my behalf. I didn't request a lawyer."

14 Oct 15:43
She says she was also surprised by the president after receiving his interdict on Monday, after he had agreed to answer her questions.

14 Oct 15:42
Madonsela says Minister Des van Rooyen never actually asked her office to more come. He went straight to court.

14 Oct 15:39
"The new Public Protector just needs to bring pieces of herself to her job."

14 Oct 15:39

Madonsela say she is out, to laughs from the journalists.

They joke with her that she must drop the mic.

14 Oct 15:36
Madonsela says they have given the State Capture report to the Speaker of Parliament Baleka Mbete for safekeeping.

14 Oct 15:33
Madonsela: The report should be reserved and kept in safe keeping.

14 Oct 15:31
She says that despite not having an interdict, it is good practice not to go ahead with the release of the report while an interdict must still be heard.

14 Oct 15:31

"Regarding the report that you all came for, I don't want to comment on whether the President is acting in good faith or not.

"We have made arrangements to proceed along the lines we've agreed to, and on two occasions we didn't proceed as agreed.

"Only the president knows what happened after we agreed."

14 Oct 15:29

"The only reason we can't release the State Capture report is because we couldn't secure enough interviews with the witnesses necessary," she says.

She says they could only secure one interview in the last week.

14 Oct 15:28

Madonsela asks the media to ask about the reports she has released, even though they are "little' to the rest of us.

"They are the biggest fights these people have ever fought."

She now turns to the issue of State Capture.

14 Oct 15:27
A reporter says its in the public interest to release the State Capture report, and wants to know that, while there is no interdict against her, can she release the report, despite assuring Judge Fourie that she won't release it yet.

14 Oct 15:26

eNCA reporter Karyn Maughan says she won't beat around the bush and asks about the State Capture report.

"What do you make of all the interdicts, and are you in any way disappointed by the way they've approached this issue?"

14 Oct 15:25
Turning now to questions from the media.

14 Oct 15:24

Madonsela says she has a sixth report but it is only a preliminary report and will be handed over to incoming PP Mkhwebane.

She wraps up her speech and gives Mkhwebane her blessings.

14 Oct 15:22
Madonsela wraps up her reports and is extending her thanks to everyone who worked on the final five reports.

14 Oct 15:19

Remedies for Glebelands Hostel: the municipal manager must take appropriate measures to ensure safety of residents.

The Saps must meet its object to prevent combat. A satellite police station must be set up close to the hostel, and ensure all serious crime like murder is investigated.

14 Oct 15:17

14 Oct 15:14
Madonsela says the Ethekwini Municipality failed to provide adequate safety at the Glebelands Hostel.

14 Oct 15:14

News24's Lizeka Tandwa says BLF is still protesting outside while Madonsela delivers her last report.

"We are hearing whistling and chanting outside," she says.

BLF trying to drown out Madonsela's last act as Public Protector.

14 Oct 15:12

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