ANC slams Madonsela for attending DA event

2012-08-10 22:30

Johannesburg - The ANC criticised Public Protector Thuli Madonsela on Friday for attending a Women's Day event organised by the Democratic Alliance.

"Madonsela's decision to attend a political party rally was ill-considered as it opens up her office to perceptions of political bias," said ANC Chief Whip Mathole Motshekga in a statement.

Madonsela appeared and spoke on Thursday at the event, which was organised by the DA's women's wing, the DA Women's Network.

Motshekga said the public protector "rubbed shoulders" with DA leaders at the event.

He argued that Madonsela was jeopardising her constitutional role of independence and impartiality.

"Attending and giving keynote addresses at political events of political parties has the potential to compromise these basic constitutional principles," Motshekga said.

"Members of the public will be justified to ask how she will in future treat complaints against the administrations under the DA."

Motshekga said Madonsela should participate in public outreach such as Women's Day events but should seek an "impartial platform" to do so.

Madonsela's office could not immediately be reached for comment.

  • crracker.crackerr - 2012-08-10 22:36

    The ANC is a rubbish lot.

      stephan.bester.14 - 2012-08-10 22:57

      the anc is NOT rubbish, rubbish can be recycled and has some use. The anc has no use, they ruin the economy with their corruption and only enrich their filthy pockets with stolen money.

      keith.ngobeni - 2012-08-11 00:44

      Do you really understand the words \economically freedom in our life time\ or you're just a blind follower like other lost cretins like you, if you want to enjoy economically benefits in full go back to school and after your studies you'll really enjoy and understand the benefit of economically emancipation, not the dust that is running through your head and veins at the moment.

      godfrey.welman - 2012-08-11 13:53

      All just a smoke screen to put pressure on her regarding "Zumaville" investigation.

      lownabester - 2012-08-11 23:00

      Rubbish and very very stupid.

      merven.halo - 2012-08-13 08:22

      Funny how the ANC believes that when you're black, you must be ANC.

  • KCorsar - 2012-08-10 22:38

    ???????????????????????????????????????????????????????? WTF When your own house is order start throwing rocks in the glass house.

  • michaelwernerjoubert - 2012-08-10 22:48

    Any person with common sense would not see anything more into this as a South African woman being invited to speak at a Woman's Day event. There is a very good saying: People who lives in glass houses should not throw stones!

  • Windlass - 2012-08-10 22:52

    I don't get it. Woman's day is about woman not politics. Who cares who organized it? Get over yourselves.

  • peter.mansfield.395 - 2012-08-10 23:00

    And the ANC never invites such people to their functions? Come on!

  • michael.bushes - 2012-08-10 23:06

    Cant WAIT for Mandela and Tutu to put on a DA shirt. Qunu wont be on the news anymore

  • blip.noodlum - 2012-08-10 23:10

    She's free to go where she likes, isn't she? Would you moan if she'd attended an ANC event?

  • liza.bourdelle - 2012-08-10 23:13

    Madonsela has a tough job and she has more balls than anyone in the ANC will ever have. Women's day is about women (hence the name) and the ANC are probably just peeved they didn't get her to speak at one of their rallies.

  • irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-08-10 23:16

    So since when is the DA and DA members not part of the public? What makes cANCer think she's their exclusive domain? Cretins!

  • tolo.maano - 2012-08-10 23:16

    Mathola matshega lost it as usually he never say something good about anything...tholi madonsela is public protector not Anc protector and it was a woman function zuma deliver a speech at woman's he is a womAn any way we all know wat he was doing mr motshegA pls hold urself every thing is not about u and anc

  • jo.vankatwijk - 2012-08-10 23:20

    Good for you, Thuli! I'm sure the people there appreciated your presence.

  • phiwo.gasa - 2012-08-10 23:22

    Threatened are we?

  • coenraad.vaneeden.5 - 2012-08-10 23:22

    Nothing between ears ANC stink

      Sithembele Kholiwe - 2012-08-11 01:13

      isnt she da public not da anc protector, i thnk da anc is realy scared of da, cum 2014

  • Erna - 2012-08-10 23:23

    The anc stooges are on a roll. Madonsela has more integrity in her little finger than the whole membership of the anc. If she thought this was in any way detrimental to her position as PP she wouldn't have gone.

      gail.hayesbean - 2012-08-11 11:38

      By attending a WOMAN"S day meeting as a woman and Public Protector it actually shows she understands that her role is to all of the public regardless of who appointed her.That is exactly what is needed - impartiality means she shows no political bias towards anyone at any time because that is her portfolio. It's a great shame that other ANC politicians don't understand that by refusing the invitation she would be sending the message that she is biased towards the ANC, thus reducing her effectiveness and lack of bias. One shows bias when you vote in elections and that vote is secret. VOTE for the party who has the ability to act on things like service delivery protests instead of encouraging things like burning of tyres and blocking roads. In addition to that the people engaging in this kind of activity should be made to do community service and clean up after themselves and then be shown how to help themselves. The ANC controls the tax monies of ALL and I wish people would stop discounting the unemployed majorities contribution because there are way more of them than there are employed and so their contribution comes in the form of VAT since they do have to eat etc. The thing that escapes so many is that the economic empowerment which the ANC promises can not be guaranteed by any party without the co-operation of those who need it the most. Most of the "money"/"cargo" they aspire to is sitting in foreign banks because of foreign investors. PATIENCE and HONESTY is what we need

  • alf.pop - 2012-08-10 23:25

    Motshekga - go help your wife deliver text books! Clean up your own mess before and then think before you open your mouth again. Whenever I hear you on comedy hour (View from the House on SABC) I am surprised at the ignorance coming from somebody with a supposed academic background! Ever heard of freedom of association?

  • mzwandile.dlamanzi - 2012-08-10 23:28

    most of the comments here are written black or white, where is objectivity guys?

      rob.gill.7927 - 2012-08-10 23:44

      I'm not sure that it's white vs black. The core issue is how can the average South African have faith in an institution which is failing on all fronts? From health to education, service delivery to nepotism, corruption to collusion ... there's a new scandal in South Africa every day. Why would you want to support a party which is so inherently corrupt, arrogant and lacking the true drive to take this country forward?

      gail.hayesbean - 2012-08-11 12:07

      @ Rob. Is it the drive or is it the ability to look at SA society holistically and intelligently and focus on unity not division.Sadly colonialism brought selfishness and a refusal to accept what is happening with it and imprinted the wrong things. Let us work together without casting aspersi9ons and rude remarks at one another which divide us. One person can make a difference but life is a relay race and circumstances change and we must be prepared to embrace change unselfishly. What are you doing today to make a difference in the life of someone without work? I have offered a room free of charge to my housekeeper's daughter so that she doesn't have to pay transport when she comes off shift from her work near me. In return she will help me as and when needed with things which I am struggling with. It matters not to me that she is PDA, merely that as a woman she be safe and enabled to save what she earns so that she can complete her education. Her foster mother and extended family work for myself and my extended family and friends and I have absolute trust in them. In fact they are going to stay in my house and doggy sit for me while I am away. People matter and we need to reach inside ourselves and see what our gift is and pass it forward. My sons live outside SA and they still contribute by assisting with the education of her children - one of whom is only 4. My legacy is a living one because my children were raised to respect differences and value them.

  • scottfamily - 2012-08-10 23:29

    The fact that the ANC is complaining about Protector Thuli Madonsela attending a DA event is nothing short of a cat among pigeons. It is childish and poor politics to assume that she is now going to be sympathetic towards the DA now. Shame the poor ANC.....!!

      alf.pop - 2012-08-11 17:15

      It is the result of their collective chip on their shoulder. After all they had a Youth League leader who failed woodwork - maybe theirf chief whip did too?isanse

  • Adil Smit - 2012-08-10 23:33

    So a woman may only attend a Women's day event if approved by a male ANC politician? Trying to bully women( like with " The Spear " ) alienates potential female voters.

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  • bless.boswell - 2012-08-10 23:55

    Well done Thuli - we need more like you!

  • TawwaTienie - 2012-08-10 23:56

    Anc is rassisties bang. Bevooroordeeld. ANC slams Madonsela for attending DA event | News24

      hendrik.verwoerd.94 - 2012-08-11 09:21

      Nee ons is nie bang nie. DA het dubbele standaarde. Jy sal net mense nooi na so 'n plek as sy die taal gaan praat wat jou bevoordeel. Hulle moet ophou om net te kritiseer en wees 'n party wat al die mense in die land se belange beskerm, nie net wit mense nie.

      gail.hayesbean - 2012-08-11 12:18

      Hendrik, Is jy bewus daarvan dat die land 13 tale het? Is jy bewus dat Helen Zille en ander vrouens wat die vergadering bygewoon het ook mmer as een taal kan praat. My seun is 'n prokureur in 'n Arabiese land en hy kan beide Arabies skryf en lees asook Mandarin en Xhosa. Hy is 29 jaar oud en sy ander Mammie sal nooit honger lei terwyl he lewe. Teen die ourderdom van 26 het hy selfs R10,000 aan haar gegee want sy moet haar man begrawe. DA is nie alleen in hulle dubbele standaarde nie en poste soos joune beskadig die goeie dinge wat deur alle partye gedoen word deur generalisme to gebruik. Jy sal verbaas wees as jy weet hoeveel goeie werk gedoen word deur stille mense in die agtergrond wat mekaar help en ondersteun.

      michil.chegwidden - 2012-08-11 21:25

      Hendrik, stop wasting time on the net and go and sort the school's handbooks out.

  • remi.preez - 2012-08-11 00:18

    Err.....and yet it was Zuma who appointed her to her position, so don't really think it should be a problem. But if she was at an ANC function, it wouldn't be a problem, neh?

      Heather Stip - 2012-08-11 00:37

      Hahaha! You took the words right out of my mouth! Nothing would have been said had she gone to an ANC rally!

  • Chaapo - 2012-08-11 00:34

    I did not know that any party owns her. So the logic is if it is ANC then she should be partial because she has attended an ANC gathering? Her role is supposed to be politically neutral- guess it is off with her head now because ANC imbeciles want someone who will just be seen with them and serve their interests.

      schalkwbu31ger - 2012-08-11 07:03

      Maybe she should have stayed home? Was there any event organized by a non political party organization? Don't really think so.

      chaapo.sithole - 2012-08-11 13:04

      Why would you stay home in speculation of an invitation which may not come? If the ANC want her to attend their sessions, they are free to invite her just like any other group.Political or civic, does not matter as long as the intent is to discuss women's issue but obviously as a party hack, everything for you has to be done in a partisan way.

  • onkgopotse.mashego - 2012-08-11 00:48

    Since de anc came into power,de only colour dey c in de rainbow is black and white nd if de DA can win WC in de 2014 elecxions,de white part of WC wl b dclared n independent state....whts wth Thuli attnding DAs national womens day celebrations. Da quexin is: dd de cANCer invyt her??

  • eric.f.moloi - 2012-08-11 01:01

    by sleeping with an enemy might have serious repucussions 4 her sooner thn later,she is already tagged a traitor,bt if she had done these way around,nobody would notice tht she was crossing de line,y make a BIG deal out of nothing?

  • swessels1 - 2012-08-11 01:23

    Real men create there own importunity. They don't rely on government to help them. I am 20 years of age and am in the top 9 percent of south africa's income groups. And I did not steal from other people to get there. Stop expecting the government to help you and start doing something to help yourself and the people around you. DA or ANC. I don't care. Let the one that can do the job... do the job. Everything else is up to is. We need to be the change not the goverment. Power to the people. Not the sheep who follow blindly.

      grant.olivier.92 - 2012-08-11 06:25

      Say that again but start like this: My parents gave me the opportunity of getting a good education, unlike so many other people, and that is why...

      gail.hayesbean - 2012-08-11 12:38

      swessels: While you may well have grown up in a very poor home you were nevertheless privileged enough to have been born white (perhaps coloured) where you learned to seize opportunity and grow it to help others. Not all whites/colloureds/ blacks are equal or were taught to see life your way. Well done that you have found and maximised but bear in mind that we whites taught Africans to expect and feel entitled to things which in reality are not needs but wants. We do in a sense therefore have a responsibility to help them help themselves. The liberators unfortunately are stuck in liberation/revolutionary mode and lack the knowhow to take what money is available and spread it more widely and intelligently. Part of the problem is that they actually don't understand that NOBODY can solve poverty overnight including the DA because of our population demographics. Part of me believes that the Africans approach makes more sense in that the need to survive requires a certain kind of acceptance of death and brutality and disease. From a human so called civilised perspective I think all of us would like to do quietly in our beds surrounded by those we love but we have interfered with that process. I support euthanasia and natural medicine in the event that I have to face a dread disease - don't prolong my life if there is no quality to it DO NOT RESUSCITATE should be tattooed on my arm somewhere. Life should be about freedom of choice and acceptance of the hand life has dealt you.

  • Millos Mpofu - 2012-08-11 01:59

    thuli is the refree of this country attending any's political party events is totally wrong and she already violate her office's power.2 she shall start judge unnecessary offset to another parties

      gail.hayesbean - 2012-08-11 12:54

      It would be interesting to know what the keynote address was all about. Being women's day one would hope that it addressed issues unique to women and explored issues that women face in this country. One can't become an impartial judge without exploring both sides of a crime/matter. It is only when one is given the freedom to do so and then are chosen to demonstrate your ability to remain obctive/impartial in a position such as this by people from all sides of the political or ideological spectrum that trust in your impatiality will be accepted. I think that the ANC are gunning for Thuli because she has been impartial in criticising members of the ANC elites and the opposition. Strictly speaking a person appointed into this kind of positiion should be a-political i.e. belong to no political party. The ANC are running scared and none more so than the person who raised this issue because his wife is in the firing line for the Educatiion crisis and he is trying to deflect attention fromher by putting Thuli in her place. He contributes heavily to Zuma's ANC and is totally biased therefore and not to be trusted because it affects his money and hold over Zuma.

  • reuben.molelekoa - 2012-08-11 02:10

    I think the Public Protector should never avail herself with any of the political party. That act was foolish of such a person like her, who should we trust now. This means any decisions she makes will be biased or were biased already. She apologise to the whole nation for that?

      gail.hayesbean - 2012-08-11 12:57

      Reuben, she attended this as a woman and not as a member of a political party.

  • riaan.swanepoel1 - 2012-08-11 04:09

    Really??? How petty and picky does the ANC want to get with their own members ... yes she went to a DA event to celebrate women standing up for their rights ... regardless of race of political affiliation. As soon as a member shows some support to any good cause by a opposition party, they are automatically lamented for being turncoats and traitors! Any good cause as long as the ANC gets all the glory. This great uprising had nothing to do with any political party ... just women, standing up for their rights. And once again the ANC wants to claim all the glory and praise even though they had no more to do with the whole event than any other political party. Typical ... for once, give the credit where its due .... not to any political party or any movement linked to political or religious view. All it was were women of SA standing up for their beliefs. Give the credit there and nowhere else. So DA, ANC and all the other parties that want to claim that they had some influence in the whole matter ... suck it up and admit that this whole event belongs to one group only ... the women of SA that believed they had the same rights as men.

  • ignatius.ntwampe - 2012-08-11 05:00

    Impartiality is needed from a person on her position, DA nor ANC she should not attend not to mention addressing the gathering. ANC is correct in this case, I think Thuli must come forward and clear her position because, SA loves her.

  • peterthabo.mahlatji - 2012-08-11 05:41

    Now I see why Mathole and Angie are so perfect together! Both of them use their TOE NAILS to think! Shut up Mathole and sit down as Bheki Cele would say... How STUPID...

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-08-11 05:43

    Benoude boude !! The ANC are just like the old Nats with their swart gevaar..this time round it's the ANC's DA GEVAAR !!

  • Michael - 2012-08-11 05:46

    How can a public protector attend the rally organised by an opposition party, not only attend, but also to deliver its key note address, judges dont meddle in political parties as this may compromise their judiciary findings. She must be replaced immediatelyt! If she had attend the ANC rally and give keynote address, whites would be calling her all sorts of names here.

      Moeketsi Sylvester Ntseki - 2012-08-11 05:58

      what would be the reaction if she attended ANC organized women's rally? DA would lash it and ANC would defend it? there anything wrong if she attend the women's rally considering that she is also a woman?

      mmmngoma - 2012-08-11 06:12

      although we don't know the process might be taken against her, recomending replacement is totally true aganst her action. thank u.

      lizwi.makala - 2012-08-11 06:13

      Public protector must resign or the state president must fire her,before she attends more rallies organised by opposition parties.

      rivalani.mabasa - 2012-08-11 06:56

      We people are all clueless about the constitutional terms and conditions stated in the job description of the public protector. Thuli knows her stance.

  • piet.boerie - 2012-08-11 05:50

    Typical ANC two faced... we can stack the governement with cadres and politicise the public service and Army Genrals and Police can attend ANC rallies and wear ANC insignia but one official does something different and its a big story. The ANC are proving to be weak and very two faced. Are you scared?? I would say yes. This is not the same party that bought us Liberation, they have sold out to the capilsit elite. SELL OUTS.

  • Given - 2012-08-11 05:50

    That's why she alway attend complains that are brought 2 her office by DA ,she is zille's woman and butter 2 make DA as clean political party.ANC must b careful of cabalist who trying 2 bring the organisation 2 the edge of collapse and cause despair

      themba.nyathi.7731 - 2012-08-11 06:24

      Piet my friend, next time don't just comment undetstand the scene, a Minister and a Public Protecter are two differant things. A Public Protecter must be nuetral, unbias, and uninfluenced, she protects the country and must not b involved in politic parties for her yerm of office.

      sharon.a.marks.9 - 2012-08-11 11:40

      @ themba - thats why your anc is pushing the state secrets bill through,to make the protectors post worthless

      gail.hayesbean - 2012-08-11 13:17

      ANC have actually brought about their own downfall because of the corruption, nepotism and greed of their own members. This was a Woman's day event and Thuli is a Woman finished and klaar. We have no information as to the content of her address and yet we are making judgements about her impariality politically. How dumb is that? for all we know she converted some DA women to the ANC cause and now the ANC want her fired? She attended a woman's day meeting as a woman FGS, don't you dumb men understand that or women for that matter. How can we be united if we don't listen and also talk about things which matter. This wasn't a political rally - the ANC think everything Zille says and does is negative because they actually don't understand that her role is to bring the attention of voters - all voters - to how well the ANC's decisions are affecting them and call them on corruption etc. Unlike Winnie the women of the DA as well as the men spend the time parliament is in session learning and picking holes in the way the ANC is misusing everyones money for a select few. Perhaps the ANC should grow up and learn to listen to where they are going wrong and ask for advice or take it. The stupidest person in the class is the one who stays silent when he doesn't undertand what he is being taught and doesn't ask how to correct his mistakes or learn from them himself. It really isn't DA's fault if the ANC provides them with so much free ammunition and is able to show them up all the time

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-08-11 05:54

    How pathetic of the ANC. So the public protector is not woman now?

  • mike.ramajoa - 2012-08-11 06:14

    At most we seams to miss the mark by focusing on who has attended what, arranged by whom. Yep the is The Doctor attends to sick, what more if sick person calls the Doctor, my Chief Whip.\r\n\r\nThey(DA) are forever complaining my leader that must seen as abnormal, they to be attended very urgently and very seriously. To show them that the ANC resolution on NDR must fully exercised that we are adamant in achieving non sex, non racist and democratic society. What I would be of focal must be on her speech during her address.

  • tshivhombelaf - 2012-08-11 06:18

    Would you make this noise if she had attended the ANC event? I really don't understand here, when the president marries multitudes of wives he is said to have his private life. We have Thuli who has her own private life and rights to associate herself with who ever she wants to as enshrined by our constitution. Dr Motshekga is a biased man himself who should scrutinise his biasness before accussing Thuli. In your own house you are married to a wife who has failed millions of Limpopo learners but I've never heard you calling for her head in public. If we let this intolerence to prevail, we would be nurturing autocracy. Don't behave like an insecured partner.

  • zolisa.dlokovu - 2012-08-11 06:29

    I dont think attending a party event will compromise the independence of the public protector.We know for example the political backgrounds of many judges in this country

  • smutete1 - 2012-08-11 06:33

    I think its not fair. Madam Madonsela attended a woman's day for goodness sake she was invited and she is a woman . I think what she did was a her democratic right and she I feel she wil hold her office with integrity . so A.N.C needs to be consulted about where and who the p.p should talk foot

  • Matlala - 2012-08-11 06:37

    It was mischievous, unethical, unacceptable and biased to have Madonsela who is the Public Protector to have chosen to celebrate Woman's Day event organised by political party over that of the government. Her unprofessional behaviour has sent a clear message that she serves or will serve the interest of DA and continue to supress national interest. It is not a suprise to learn how soft Madonsela appears when handling allegations levelled against DA administration. She has disqualified herself as Public Protector by presenting a keynote message at the event organised by DA. I am making an appeal that she resigns as Puiblic Protector and allow the country to apppoint someone who may not be trapped by carrot dangling in the hands of political parties. She has snatched away the national trust and confidence over her as Public Protector. I wish this comment which presents the depth of my heart about vagued interests of Madonsela over the nation could reach her office. She is a disgrace and she pulls the country back to apartheid era. She has trembled on the aspirations of the nation.

      peter.boettger - 2012-08-11 11:44

      your comments is enough to show your space cannot even comprehend to have aconversation with an idiot like you

      justin.hemming.94 - 2012-08-11 21:52

      Gee you really are dumb - the ANC is not the government! If you didn't notice there are other political parties that also make up our government, and should be heard. I really cannot believe that people like you can actually read and write - to have such a f$*#d up view about politics. This country is obviously going to the dogs if you represent our future. Wow, frightening...

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  • meshach.jason - 2012-08-11 06:43

    i dont see anythng wrong w madonsela attending da event coz on this day thts wen differences hv 2 b set aside and focus on commemorating their day as women regardless of political differences

  • meshach.jason - 2012-08-11 06:43

    i dont see anythng wrong w madonsela attending da event coz on this day thts wen differences hv 2 b set aside and focus on commemorating their day as women regardless of political differences

  • obakeng.molobi.75 - 2012-08-11 06:49

    Mathole give your incomptetent wife, (Angie Motshega) advice and leave Thuli alone.

  • B.b. - 2012-08-11 06:50

    The Public Protector must remain neutral. She mustn't attend any event organized by any political party, neither ANC nor DA nor IFP nor UDM and so on an stuff like that. We know that she might side with any political party, but her position doesn't allow her to exercise such rights. Since she's a woman she must attend women's day parties but taking into consideration, her independency. I thank u all

  • rupert.vansittert - 2012-08-11 06:51

    So much for women's rights... Hasn't she as a woman atleast got the right to go where she pleases. The cANCer is like a jealous husband... Nothing wrong with looking over the fence. GOOD ON YOU MS MADONSELA!!!

  • brendon.nel.7 - 2012-08-11 06:55

    Aaaaaah do the little baby's bitching need their dummies? Did u guys make poo poo in ur nappy's? Grow up u man. Its was womens day and this is a democracy(all be it a fu#*ed up one) the last time I checked. She has the right to attend what ever function she pleases. U all are just upset cause she chose the one that has more brains than the other. Very petty children

  • danie.smit.587 - 2012-08-11 06:57

    I there any one left in the state employ including the cadres appointed as judges that did not attend a ANC political meeting , or where a card carrying member of the ANC. The reporter should have ask the ANC spoke person if they prepared to name officials attending their functions?

  • christo.boshoff1 - 2012-08-11 07:01

    I bet if she attended an ANC event, no word would have been said! Typical ANC, lambasting the only party that works, purely out of jealousy! Jealousy makes you nasty.