Madonsela has president's backing

2011-07-07 21:04

Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma has come out in support of beleaguered Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, saying that her office has an important role to play in a constitutional democracy.

A statement issued late on Thursday said the presidency had noted with concern continued media reports that suggested the office of the public protector was threatened and was being undermined.

"The presidency wishes to reiterate the government's commitment and support to the work and office of the public protector as stipulated in law.

"The public protector has an important role to play in our constitutional democracy and should be respected and given the space to do its work," it said.

The statement also said that the public protector, as an institution of state, should be allowed to do its work without fear or favour and without hindrance.

"While the presidency recognises that no person is above the law, any law enforcement agency established through our constitution should be free to do its work within the framework of the law," it said.

Media reports earlier this week claimed that Madonsela would be arrested on charges of fraud allegedly committed while she worked as a commissioner at the SA Law Commission four years ago.

Madonsela denied the claims and said in a press conference on Wednesday: "There are no documents showing that I have committed any fraud."

The timing of the leaks and the claims Madonsela would be arrested were questioned by political parties and others as the public protector was investigating claims that SA Police Service commissioner Bheki Cele had improperly entered into a deal to lease buildings for the police in Durban and Pretoria.

Earlier this year members of the SA Police Service's crime intelligence branch raided her office.

  • Bachbabe - 2011-07-07 21:21

    I would love to see what JZ's office has to say if Madonsela starts to investigate the arms deal. Will he still defend her as "having an important role to play....without fear or favour"? Methinks not.....

      Pheasant Plu - 2011-07-07 21:24

      Hear, hear a truly constitiutional democracy Bheki Cele and the Minister of Public Works would have been fired already.

  • jock - 2011-07-07 21:28

    taken you quite a while to come out in support but i think you had better tell quick draw Cele

  • Shorts1 - 2011-07-07 21:37

    Great minds think alike, but fools never differ.

  • OZNOB - 2011-07-07 21:50

    THE PRESIDENT WAS OBLIGED TO SAY THAT though whether he really means it is a different story altogether

  • horsehair - 2011-07-07 21:57

    Leave Africa to the Africans rather and watch it die, and to think our guys think they are better than the rest of the continent,as in they will succeed where the other millions of Africans have failed. What a kick in the face to the rest of post "independent" Africa. Must be our xenophobic tendencies coming to the surface.

  • WIZZ - 2011-07-07 21:58

    Bheki Cele is a criminal just like Jackie Selebe

  • Trevor - 2011-07-07 22:22

    The official statement from JZ sounds like the politically correct thing to say under the circumstances...textbook response. Appease the public concern and at the same time dont ruffle feathers or point fingers at the alleged bullies...stop being toothless Mr. President...rather bring to the front the allegations against the Advocate, assess the evidence against her on one hand and the case of intimidation posed on the other and roll some heads...this is not a school yard where everyone is going to be friends and play are dont have to be the favourite teacher...its time we had a real leader who ensures that accountablity of public office is held by its bearer...punish abuse of power and praise and protect the gaurdians...

  • maseratifitt - 2011-07-07 23:34

    I understand that Thuli Madonsela is going to be tasked with investigating shady deals and events which occurred during the apartheid era. Companies doing business with the apartheid government, the "information scandal",the Helderberg accident, sanction busting-that kind of thing. The sudden support for her from the President and the Justice minister is a tactic to soften her up so she can shift her focus from the current ANC pillage to wrongdoings during apartheid. She will surely have a great deal of emotional support for the latter, and the ANC tactic of diverting attention will most likely work. (To the detriment of SA). Never trust the ANC. They are a devious bunch.

      Harry1 - 2011-07-08 08:25

      I don't quite get your concern. Wrong is wrong. Bad is bad. Crime is crime. It is about time that public officers are taken to task for abusing the powers associated with their office.

      paulf - 2011-07-08 08:38

      @harry1, what about JZ??? he should have been behind bars a long time ago and never the President of SA.

  • Harry1 - 2011-07-08 08:20

    Go, Thuli, go. This lady needs the support of all citizens of SA.

  • jontheman - 2011-07-10 16:01

    What do you expect ? That is why South africa will never be considered part of the first world. With corruption at all levels . All I can say is luck I am a croock to as if I had to work I would find it very difficult

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