Don't protect the corrupt – Madonsela

2011-10-22 17:00

Mpumalanga - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has warned villagers in KwaMhlanga, Mpumalanga against turning a blind eye on bad governance including corruption, saying this was the reason government service points such as hospitals had little or no equipment.

Addressing residents at Vezubuhle Community Hall on Friday, the Public Protector said South Africa was a rich country with resources that were enough to improve people’s living conditions if well-managed.

“One of you has just complained that there are no scanners at KwaMhlanga Hospital despite the many accidents that happen now and then along Moloto Road and that generally, there are poor services at hospitals,” she said. “If you can work with the Public Protector and other agents of change, we can claw back all of the money that is wasted or stolen from public coffers.

You are the victims of bad governance and so, it does not help you to protect those that are corrupt.”

“It is not that you hate the system or your organ of state or people in it when you report corruption. If you turn a blind eye, it will get worse and before we know it there will be no resources for the much needed basic services.”

Noting that her visit to the village coincided with the Whistleblower Week, she urged residents not to worry about being victimised when reporting suspected acts of corruption as they would be protected by the Protected Disclosures Act, among others.

The Public Protector’s statements followed complaints, which included that people who sustained serious injuries from road accidents occurring along the nearby Moloto Road often lost their lives due to lack of necessary equipment such as scanners at KwaMhlanga Hospital.

School facilities

Speaking at the meeting, a concerned resident said the lack of alternative modes of transport to “expensive taxis and dangerous buses” worsened the problem. “This is despite the fact that there is a long standing proposed project for a train service here for which a feasibility study was done a long time ago,” he said.

Another member of the community complained that an amount of R80m allegedly reported by the Auditor General to have been unaccounted for by the Thembisile Hani Municipality remained unaccounted for. He also called for a review of Putco’s contract, saying the bus operator’s fleet was often overloaded, posing a danger to commuters.

Other complaints related to a police station-building project that was “taking years to be completed”, victims of road accidents who were yet to be compensated by the Road Accident Fund, matric exam fraud, chieftaincy disputes, inadequate facilities in schools, accessibility of the Public Protector’s office and social housing.

Responding to the complaints, the Public Protector promised to work closely with individual complainants to look into all matters raised and also to engage the relevant organs of state in a quest to find answers to the people’s grievances.

The meeting, which was preceded by an interaction with iNkosi Manala Makinari and his council, formed part of the Public Protector Good Governance Week. The Week seeks to promote good governance in the conduct of state affairs while enhancing accessibility to the Public Protector services.

  • Arnold - 2011-10-22 17:20

    You speak the truth,just make sure you are no conned with these politicians or become one corrupt yourself like Malema who pretends to represent the poor but corrupt himself

      Anthony - 2011-10-22 17:45

      not only malema?

      Lionel - 2011-10-23 07:23

      Join Mobilitate and togther we hold government directly accountable.

      Dave - 2011-10-23 08:56

      You have my support there unfortunetly she is like being white in this country, a minority and not listened to , how long will her reports still be evaluated. If JZ was going to act he would have by now , the poor get less and Juju get more of the air time and money. If he represents the poor then fat wood working pigs will fly, he only represents himself but the grass roots people still vote for him and his kind-- ? why ; I will never understand.

  • Jan - 2011-10-22 17:42

    Man! I wish she was single... and my wife also. I would propose to her and make her breakfast, lunch and dinner! All Bona Fide.

  • Christo - 2011-10-22 18:10

    If this woman ever gets expelled the whole nation should stand together and kick some a#%s. We will march to everywhere and anywhere. We will protect you Madonsela. You are amazing and deserve all of our support. Do not give way, you are doing a great job and we WILL support you all the way.

  • colin.dovey - 2011-10-22 18:36

    Her truth is reminiscent of Barack Obama -currently a voice, no, a bright light penetrating into the dark abyss that is rampant ANC corruption, inefficiency, and mismanagement.....she would get my vote any day if goes into politics - hope she is not going to be "snuffed out" or gagged in any way for speaking the refreshing facts. Watch your back lady....Polokwane beckons.

  • TheRock - 2011-10-22 18:54

    What about the "president"?.....he's the most corrupt unethical guy along with Malema...

  • allan.clean - 2011-10-22 20:26

    Well well. At last , as in the movie troy where he said .... But let me say this . Someone worth respecting and a example of a leader and a servant that understands this. Great leader, and lady, you have my respect and my support.

  • Jenny - 2011-10-22 21:22

    Adv. Thuli Madonsela - the most loved and respected woman in South Africa. If only there were more people with integrity like her.

  • Maximus Odinidus - 2011-10-23 02:04

    Much as I like ms madonsela I'd like to disagree with her. Corruption in the present regime is not what is contributing to a crisis in public health. Post 94 Trevor manual instituted budget cuts in the health sector which was around the time they closed down so many hospitals. Please note it was not sue to the nats anything. The government syphoned off those funds to use elsewhere. Just ask Geraldine Frazer moloketi.

  • Cheryl - 2011-10-23 10:52

    Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups....

  • Deirdre - 2011-11-24 10:14

    go thuli you good chick!!! The people would all join the anti silencing movement if they only knew what was being stolen from them

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