Citizens have a right to know - protector

2011-12-09 17:15

Johannesburg - Citizens have a right to know why certain decisions are made by those in power, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela told an anti-corruption summit on Friday.

"Transparency is extremely important. If people know what standards are required, they would know what's right," she told delegates in Johannesburg.

"People deserve to know why you made one decision instead of another. People should also know what influenced the decision."

Madonsela said maladministration created a breeding ground for corruption.

"Where there is abuse of power and abuse of state resources, corruption thrives."

Accountability and leadership were crucial in efforts to defeat corruption.

"Every citizen has a right to exact accountability... and access to justice is an important factor," she said.

"We need strong leaders for good governance and they must have consistency."

Weak systems also needed to be fixed.

  • Christelle - 2011-12-09 16:27

    It will not be long and this amazing woman will be out of her job too:-(

      Omrisho - 2011-12-09 16:48

      yip, scratching a bit close to the bone makes the rest of the pack uncomfortable

      Christelle - 2011-12-09 16:50

      True - fortunately we see more and more "outsiders" coming to the fore. Time to stand up and together right-minded people of SA

      Mantsho - 2011-12-09 21:41

      l am thinking same thing, Zuma is a very dangerous president.

  • Geronimo - 2011-12-09 16:27

    I wish there were many more Thuli's in South Africa.

  • Alva - 2011-12-09 16:36

    Hear,hear! Thuli, you are a gift to this country.

  • cosmos.ndebele - 2011-12-09 16:44

    I like this sista a lot, she stands for everything right, i wish i get invited to have dinner in her house.

      cosmos.ndebele - 2011-12-09 17:45

      I doubt she will come to Canada

  • Thozi - 2011-12-09 16:51

    All I can say is that Ms Thuli Madonsela is a Public Protector. And she's the first real Public Protector this country has ever had. She sticks to the truth no matter what, as long as she does her job and she does it "damn good". Good and honest South Africans, irrespective of their political affiliations, will always love and honour her and pride themselves for having her as their sincere protector!

      Geronimo - 2011-12-09 16:57

      That's the point Thozi. Even were I an ANC voter I would demand to know of any corruption or illegitimate dealings within my own party. No person who believes in a transparent, open, democratic society - no matter what side of the political spectrum you sit - should have any issue at all with the Public Protector doing her job, and doing it well. Unless (i) you have something to hide or (ii) simply follow blindly as though you owe a certain party a lifetime debt of gratitude...

      Christelle - 2011-12-09 17:06

      Geronimo, and that is the very reason why she might not be around for much longer - she clearly cares about nothing but the truth. We know that is not necessarily what the government wants. Look at the info bill - what does it say? The government is relying so much on the vote of the uneducated, and the truth needs to be kept from them. Most of the educated people, black and white, knows in any event what is going on.

      Mark - 2011-12-09 20:04

      Well said Thozi, Thuli is just what this country needs. Unfortunately, because of Government corruption, her days are undoubtably numbered as Public Protector. That is fine, let her join the Opposition so she can carry on with her good work against corruption and greed, wherever it is.

  • Ben - 2011-12-09 16:55

    If she gets into trouble here, she will always have the choice of forming her own political party. She will have my vote for sure cause anybody can see what she's made of.

      Dave - 2011-12-09 18:22

      She would have my vote tomorrow is she stood for election.

      Itse - 2011-12-10 10:34

      She has my vote!!!

  • Shirley - 2011-12-09 17:06

    Ms Madonsela you see it that way,we see it that way but the powers that be want all their corrupt dirty deeds done in seclusion!

  • Larry - 2011-12-09 17:14

    Too true. We have a right to many things, but not according to the ANC.

  • Brenda - 2011-12-09 17:14

    I salute you Thuli. You should have been here a hundred years ago already!

  • Paul - 2011-12-09 17:28

    How the wheels turn ANC a shadow of it's former self, Biggest hypocrites ever. Thuli you have my respect and support hope they never break your spirit!

  • braamc - 2011-12-09 17:29

    We need strong leaders for good governance and they must have consistency." The only consistency that exists is those of bad governance theft and corruption

  • Joseph - 2011-12-09 18:06

    Its true people need to know especialy the majority who are excluded from most of the happenings not the minority rich who have hijacked the slogan for their political benefit.

      Mike - 2011-12-09 18:16

      What does that mean?

      Geronimo - 2011-12-09 18:23

      So let me get this straight?... the "majority" are "excluded" by their own "majority" government? The mind boggles...

      Joseph - 2011-12-09 18:26

      It means the fact you realy know but pretend as if it does not exists.

      Julio - 2011-12-09 18:30

      Hey Joseph, you're a bit confused.

      Christelle - 2011-12-09 18:32

      Joseph, we are trying to understand what you are saying. I agree the majority has to know and that 'they are excluded from most of the happenings' but the "minority rich" with political benefit" - I am afraid I think you are referring to our government(who are the ones trying to keep the information from the majority)

      Joseph - 2011-12-09 19:16

      Majority people should be in the forefrant not the minority rich,the minority rich should not think that their fear mount to fear of the majority.

      Kenny - 2011-12-10 09:02

      Joseph please explain what you are trying to say in simpler terms to us dumb folks

      Thozi - 2011-12-10 11:55

      Joseph I can read what you've written but I cannot understand where you stand: It's either you're with us or against us. Please clarify, logical English please!

  • L├ínsamir - 2011-12-09 18:40

    Thuli Madonsela for President! Viva Thuli Viva!

  • Cilliers - 2011-12-09 19:50

    The ANC in Parliament is clearly trying to intimidate Thuli into not performing her constitutional duty, which she did by informing the Speaker of the public's complaints and her own concerns. Surely this is irself in violation of the Constitution (let's hear from you, Pierre de Vos!)? Thuli, you are both morally and constitutionally right. I admire and salute you, and would also vote for you tomorrow if you could run for president!

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2011-12-09 21:54

      ANC, if you touch this lady, I will personally march to Luthuli House. From Port Elizabeth. I mean it. And I will gather more followers than Malema ever dreamt he had.

  • Johnnie - 2011-12-09 22:51

    Good governance is part of why there is voting and how the country should be kept on a straight line. If laws are made and the public does not know about it or are kept in the dark then there is something radically wrong, and those people should be removed immediately.

  • Carl - 2011-12-10 08:34

    She wont last much longer...unfortunately

  • Vince.York - 2011-12-10 09:41

    Talking to patriarchal pseudo kings and chiefs who prefer lavishing out largesse on a whim shows up the current SA democracy farce for what it has become - deploying nepotistic friends and family into positions they have no experience nor interest in to top it all. For a start - HOW MANY of those shown up for the ills they have perpetrated have actually had to pay back? Take note of the importance (in depth ongoing assault on democracy) that just this article - the bedrock support base of the Kwa_Zuma Incorporated Quasi India affiliates is based on:- Meeting with Kings of South Africa Did Mblula get his bevy of Mpondo Kings included too?

  • Robi - 2011-12-11 07:13

    "Citizens have a right to know - protector". If this is true the citizens still waiting for report about the dissappearance of state funds during transition period. There is allegation that the funds were used to open one of the big bank in S.A. Citizens has been waiting for 17 years for the report. If transparency very important, let it be so,not selective and unequal transparency. It is like she is good in investigating some, but not others

  • Johnson - 2012-01-26 21:03

    100% correct - we lack the political will in SA, African countries love having nothing, that way they dont have to work and the rest of the world gives handouts to Poor Africa - who in the first place does not have the will to work with other races groups for a better SA. Entitlement is the African Way - blame it on Apartheid or who ever but never on themselves

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