Protector concerned about her safety

2011-07-06 22:52

Pretoria - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela is considering approaching Parliament regarding her personal security, she said on Wednesday.

Speaking at a National Press Club news briefing in Pretoria, she said: "I think I will request a meeting with the Speaker of Parliament and discuss my situation and get advice from Parliament about what I should do."

Madonsela made the comments after being asked if she was fearing for her life in the wake of media reports that she was about to be arrested on allegations of fraud and corruption - allegations she strenuously denied.

"The truth is that we are all going to die some day, we just don't know when we are going to die," she said.

Earlier this year her offices were raided by police after she released a report into a controversial Pretoria building lease involving the police, the department of public works and property tycoon Roux Shabangu.

The reports of the current allegations precede her release of a report into a building lease in Durban, also involving police, the department of public works and Shabangu.

  • USSA - 2011-07-06 22:54

    This woman is amazing for two reasons.... 1. She is out to expose corruption. 2. She goes for help to the very people who wants to hurt her. Amazing.

      Marcell - 2011-07-06 23:48

      Couldn't agree more. Personally I don't think she will reach old age.

      Smindlo - 2011-07-07 08:21

      well, someone has to stop zooma and his cronies on their dirty tricks!!!!!!

      Pencilgraffiti - 2011-07-07 09:20

      I would really like to know what judge gave the warrant for the police to raid her offices. Because surely, after Pikoli, the police have proven that they will attack anyone who investigates them. That judge should give his reasoning because he is allowing the police to intimidate her.

      Dougalan - 2011-07-07 09:54

      Cele had no police experience before he was appointed, then immediately promoted himself to 'General'. There is no question that he is trying intimidatory tactics to quell the allegations against his corruption with Roux Shabangu. South Africans - Black, White, Coloured, Indian - need to unite against these criminal mafia tactics of the ANC. Cele must be removed from his post for a start, and corruption properly investigated. It is time to take a stand against the real crooks.

      Met - 2011-07-26 14:25

      Dont get too excited too soon. I see warning bells here as well

  • CamsComment - 2011-07-06 23:13

    The 3rd force is out to get her.

      USSA - 2011-07-06 23:31

      Is the third force is officially now known as "Illumizumie?"

      Welleducated - 2011-07-07 07:28

      You mean the ANC is out to get her. this is true. The ANC and the police they control are a law unto themselves.

      USSA - 2011-07-07 07:42

      Correction: Could the third force now be called Illumizumie?

      CraigColinRoyMcLeod - 2011-07-07 09:52

      Illuminati reference win

  • Macho Mike - 2011-07-06 23:29

    Eish Mrs Public Protector, we are all concerned about our safety in SA. In fact, nowhere in South Africa is anybody safe, let alone you. Hau, i would very much also like a meeting with the Speaker of Parliament and discuss my situation and get advice from Parliament about what I should do to be protected in this savage ravaged killing country i live in. Eish i'm just an ordinary citizen, so nobody cares, ne?

      OZNOB - 2011-07-07 00:01


      willieman - 2011-07-07 09:34

      By your name i thought you can defend yourself agaist this thugs Macho

      ilollipop - 2011-07-07 10:25

      I came here to say just that. And the police are only going to arrest her. Not execute her on sight. Reeellaaaxxx. Call you attorney.... @willieman... you can't dodge bullets my son. Shoot to keeeeel

  • John Wilderness - 2011-07-07 02:21

    Madonsela for president !!

  • Hazel - 2011-07-07 05:14

    As I said previously - she is a woman and it goes against the grain that a woman should dictate to them. She had better get some protection fast.....

  • Patrick - 2011-07-07 05:18

    The pro-blem izwaan, een fact, izztwo, everthing you say, and everthing you do.

      daaivark - 2011-07-07 08:04

      Hard to grow a brain in that vacuum, isn't it, Patrick?

      Harry1 - 2011-07-07 08:51

      Dof, baie dof!

      Julie - 2011-07-07 11:45

      @ Daivark lmao! you made my day lol!!!

  • Kevin Rack - 2011-07-07 05:59

    Just when we have some one doing good we have these idiots making these racist belittle utterings...why the whites are getting in trouble is becuase of a small minority of biggots. Your lives depend on convincing those non whites on these forumns not too support the ANC...

      Dropa - 2011-07-07 06:23

      Read the last two paragraphs dude. It’s non-whites she’s trying to expose. There are other investigations she’s got going into the apartheid era parliament & other SA individuals for stealing R200bn. Let me ask you a question. If you know you are going to give someone your business, house & everything you have work hard for, and you are your own boss, would you pay yourself a nice retrenchment package or jump into a lion’s den with nothing at all. Getting back to your statement, she is being investigated by her own people, the non-whites for corruption etc. because she is investigating them for corruption. This is because SA is a raging bull at a rodeo & one by one it is throwing the cowboys off. This means everyone is paying themselves retrenchment packages.

      daaivark - 2011-07-07 08:05

      Think about his comment, Dude. He's talking about racist comments, not the woman in question.

      Harry1 - 2011-07-07 08:55

      Idiot! The bulk of DA support comes from people who are not white. A lot of my pale neighbours voted Freedom Front instead.

      ianfrost69 - 2011-07-07 08:57

      I agree with you Kevin. So many white people come onto this site and write stupid things. We should be above stupid comments if we would like our brothers in this country to join us in the struggle against the ANC. Not sure if the people understand that they are not helping the situation.

      Meanleader - 2011-07-07 09:32

      Most of these comments are satirical jesting , but you ignorant few wouldn't know anything about such hypheluten terminology would you . Quit this Politically terrified wimpering ....Being too scared to voice ones opinions is exactly where the likes of Malema want you ...You are evidence that Malema has won you over .....Many of these stories are so Racially ridiculuous , that comentators are obliged to mock and ridicule ! And Daaivark ...your insipid coments are devoid of any intellect about a vaccuum of intellect ....instead of sniping comments , WRITE SOMETHING VALID !!!! fm

  • thabatao - 2011-07-07 06:55

    Go to Nigeria. You as a private citizen can get a blue light and a siren. Lekka.

  • dalala.namusi - 2011-07-07 07:15

    What's amazing about all this is we don't hear anything from the president or senior members in goverment and the ANC.Is it that they aprove's of saps's dirty tricks?Just wondering.

      Kevin - 2011-07-07 08:18

      Hello Zoomer . Are you not going to protect the Madonsela or are going to once again do nothing and support the baddies.

      Pencilgraffiti - 2011-07-07 09:27

      Exactly Dalala.. Zuma never stands up and takes control of the mistakes. After Selebi HE appointed Cele and now with all of this.. He has nothing to say. I think his behaviour is shameful. The Minister Of Security's wife is in jail because of drug dealing... He has nothing to say. His son's mine leaves hundreds without salaries whilst the company makes million Rand donations towards the ANC... He has nothing to say etc etc etc. Someone should explain to him that he is not just the Pres of the ANC but of the whole country. WE PAY HIS SALARY.

  • maseratifitt - 2011-07-07 07:33

    I think it is time for a vote of no confidence in our government. What kind of country is this where one has to seek protection against threats from the one who is supposed to protect you in the first place? (SAPS)? This is like a business where the employers are threatened by the employees because of employee greed, corruption and theft. Fire the lot and start over. If I had a security company I would second a few of my men to protect Thuli Madonsela 24/7.

      PB - 2011-07-07 07:49

      Vote of no confidence - Good idea. She definately need protection and if I were her, I would not think that the government's "protectors" are to be trusted in this case. As you are suggesting, this is a good pr opportunity for private security companies to offer help.

      Kevin - 2011-07-07 08:19

      Good one , come on security companies- Secure this women's safety

  • capetonian - 2011-07-07 07:46

    The sooner this country gets rid of the present regime the better. We have an inept leader and a number of ministers who give real meaning to the words:"I didn't join the struggle to stay poor!"

  • McDaNife - 2011-07-07 08:02

    Brave women. Hope she lives to tell the tale. Third force is out to shut her up.

  • BRAKKENJAN STORMER - 2011-07-07 08:16

    Madonsela,if anything happens to you,they will know who masterminded it.

  • Sisie - 2011-07-07 08:19

    How dare she try and expose the police and their corrupt chief/general whatever he wants to call himself these days. Crook fits nicely as well. This is Africa and she is just woman, an African woman who is low on the totem pole. Watch your back! Or maybe you will die of a sudden illness like Mujali did.

  • psydomx - 2011-07-07 08:28

    It is a dark day for South Africa, when moral fortitude is no longer a contribute needed when it come to governing the sheeple..... I salute you madam protector, we need more leaders like you

      daaivark - 2011-07-07 08:46

      psydomx: What the hell is "a contribute needed"? Do tell.

  • bill - 2011-07-07 08:39

    Cele is a corrupt warlord.He should be charged and denied public funds to defend himself.

  • polymath86 - 2011-07-07 08:53

    I love this woman!

  • Mike or Mpho - 2011-07-07 09:13

    Democracy at its best in South Africa! You are a brave woman Ms. Thuli Madonsela and I hope you find the suport the you need and deserve!

  • Mad Dog - 2011-07-07 09:23

    Go Thuli Madonsela! Go! Upwards and Onwards! Do not let your enemies win! You have the support of ALL GOOD SOUTH AFRICANS!

  • toktokkie - 2011-07-07 09:28

    Me Madonsela seems to be a very brave woman. I wish her all the luck possible. She is fighting the waves of the ocean. It would take a miracle to get her through this. Unfortunately it is also true that, as we say in Afrikaans: "As jy jou met die semels meng, dan vreet die varke jou!"

  • Terence - 2011-07-07 09:40

    Never mind Parliament,they will do what Zuma tells them. She should go to the highest court in the land, the Constitutional Court, and request an interdict preventing Cele and his cohorts from intimidating her. Bring the whole sorry business out into the open and let the SAPS be found in contempt.

  • Althea - 2011-07-07 10:10

    I think Madonsela should join up with Patricia and Helen, they are the only ones that will be able to support and protect her.

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  • Corny - 2011-07-07 10:59

    It is a sad day for South Africa!

  • Njayam - 2011-07-07 11:07

    They were not aware that Thuli was actually going to do the job they appointed her for when they hired her. I guess she is going to be marked down for that when performance appraisal time comes. I suspect the threats against her are not from any corruption reports that she has drafted but from peers who view her as a sellout for adhering to her job description.

  • The Wonderer - 2011-07-07 11:14

    The Scorpions exposed corruption - they got disbanded. Madonsela exposed corruption - they're trying to get rid of her. There's many other cases which I don't feel like mentioning cause it makes me sick to think about it. Why is it that we're sitting with this feeling of whomever exposes corruption, stands to be silenced in some or other way?? Sounds like Zim, you just SAY something against old Bob or his "police" and you're removed from society! The ANC and their corrupt cronnies is pushing my thoughts in a direction that's making me feel uneasy, in a bad way. The frustration makes me feel the urge to take matters into my own hands in a VERY bad way. I'm sure there are many out there who feels this way, that things are out of control and has been for far too long. I pray to God that things change before matters has to be taken into ones own hands and things take a turn for the worst! I for one don't know how much longer I can take it to see these atrocities taking place and we KNOW what's potting and NOTHING is being done about it. God help us!

      The-Boffin - 2011-07-07 11:35

      As the populists have risen to the highest ranks within the government through popular means... here is a lady whom many democratic, civilized, private citizens will stand up for. Keep exposing them ma'aam... as you said in your own words that everybody shall die one day. Keep them on their toes and strike fear in these corrupt scumbags. By the way you are an Advocate not a wood-working kiwi.

  • Thami Fraser - 2011-07-07 12:45

    Police Minister Nathi Mthetwa and Commissioner Beki Cele deny any knowledge of investigation of and the imminent arrest of Public Protector Ms Thuli Madonsela as reported in the Star newspaper. Surely the Star should then reveal evidence to back up their sensational and alarmist report!!!

  • Ann - 2011-07-07 13:19

    Be brave and do not let them intimidate you Thuli. You have more backbone and heart than the whole government put together!

  • the_truth - 2011-07-08 08:04

    Sleep with Malema and use his bodyguards!!!, taxpayer pays anyway.

  • Fair Deal - 2011-07-08 11:06

    In cases where adequate protection from the recognised authorities can not be relied upon ,it would be prudent to allow protection to be provided by an outside source such as a private security company with no ties to the establishment.

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