Shai battles to support allegations

2012-11-27 18:18

Cape Town - Outgoing deputy public protector Mamiki Shai battled before Parliament's justice portfolio committee on Tuesday to substantiate allegations she has made against her boss Thuli Madonsela.

Her attempts to do so were labelled as "office politics" by Democratic Alliance MP Dene Smuts, who suggested such matters should not have progressed as far as a National Assembly committee.

"We have been expected to attend... We have had to study documents, and we have had to listen to what is essentially office politics," she said.

A "filter" was needed to ensure that such matters did not again progress to that point.

Smuts told committee chairperson Luwellyn Landers: "You and I... have for many years been throwing in the rubbish bin complaints very similar to [this] kind of thing."

Landers reminded members that Tuesday's meeting was the result of a request by Madonsela herself.

"Bear in mind that was our approach initially, until the public protector herself said to us, 'please investigate these anonymous complaints'."

Earlier, Shai told the committee that in the course of her work in the public protector's office, her signature had been forged by a senior staffer, and that the matter had been reported to the police, who were investigating.

However, she was unable to immediately tell the committee the case number or provide the name of the police investigating officer.

Landers called on Shai to provide these to him in writing.

Shai said she had come before the committee thinking it was a briefing.

"With a briefing really, for me... it's short. It's just to say that I'm here and yes, I did that... so I'm not prepared for a lot of things," she said.

Last month, Madonsela said allegations made about her by Shai were "false" and "misleading".

Among other things, these included that Madonsela had withheld a report on the DA-led Midvaal municipality until after the local government polls.

Asked by Landers whether her professional and personal relationship with Madonsela had deteriorated to an "irretrievable" point, Shai responded: "To tell you the truth... [she is] somebody I wouldn't want to work with, or even be friends, after the 30th [of this month]."

Smuts noted that Shai "has not been a happy camper" during her tenure.

However, her term of office ended on Friday; a new deputy public protector would come in; and the committee now needed to establish whether there actually had been any offences committed.

The appropriate place to establish this was when Madonsela appeared before the committee early next year, she said.

Referring to unsigned letters of complaint relating to the work of the public protector, Landers called on whistleblowers to shed their anonymity and come forward.

"We want to invite whistleblowers to take this opportunity to come forward. It is extremely difficult for us to give any credence to [anonymous letters]," he said.

After discussion, the committee set a 15 December "due date" for this to happen.

Landers said those who wished to speak out should contact him personally, through Parliament.

  • saintbruce.bruce - 2012-11-27 18:31

    Interesting - called before a Parliament committee, but not prepared, yet is part of the Public Protector's office ? Mmmm - I don't buy it.

  • melusi.myaluza - 2012-11-27 18:47

    There's never smoke without fire!

      ryan.a.smith.3958 - 2012-11-27 19:04

      ya Mamika is smoking something. maybe she will burst into fire

      glyn.morgan.96 - 2013-02-12 18:52

      What about the allegations against Zuma??!! Heh? Heh? Speak up!

  • ryan.a.smith.3958 - 2012-11-27 18:48

    Mamika, you dont sound too smart ... actually you sound like you doing some dirty work for the ANC. Madonsela is the real deal. she doesnt need your friendship.

      Sally Lewitt - 2012-11-28 01:28


  • siphom.mnguni - 2012-11-27 18:57

    Why she was not prepared and thought it was just a briefing is because she needs a lot of time to prepare lies, the whole lies and nothing but the lies. Such jealousy of the excellent work that is being done by the Public Protector that she wishes to be the one in the limelight. Stupid jealous liar and a betrayer. Evil Judas Iscariot. May you rot in hell. May you have a very miserable life. Now that you have your fifteen minutes of fame go away and die.

  • jeremy.forbes.1293 - 2012-11-27 19:10

    Shai thought that she could apply for ANC jobs by spreading lies about Thuli, given that her tenure of office ends this week. Perhaps her strategy will be successful given the inclination of this regime to protect liars

  • Karabo Phetoane - 2012-11-27 19:25

    That kind of response was always going to come from the DA because Thuli is one of them.

      SarelJBotha - 2012-11-27 21:05

      Get into mkuku and stay there. You make your family ashamed.

      trevor.leon.5 - 2012-11-27 21:07

      so,another blind ignorant anc supporter.what must this govt still do before you see them for the thieving corrupt lot that they are?

      Sally Lewitt - 2012-11-28 01:26

      Don't talk rubbish...!

  • SarelJBotha - 2012-11-27 21:04

    Shai(ster) comes to mind while I was reading this.

  • firmsly.kabelo - 2012-11-27 23:07

    Let her go,dont renew her contract. If you want to know why I say this ask Lawrence Mushwana he tell you.

      marilyn.docherty.9 - 2012-11-28 08:24

      Shai will probably be promoted within the ranks of the ANC Gov. She didn't get what she set out to do this time, but never mind they will just promote her to join the rest of the liarsin the ANC.

  • thabo.shaku - 2012-11-27 23:26

    Suddenly, Shai is geeting shy!

  • jeremy.forbes.1293 - 2012-11-28 00:20

    The internet 'hands off Thuli' campaign has been magnificent, though we need to keep going since the regime wants to do their thieving unnoticed. Keep spreading the word folks on every website you are on, it is the only way to make our views known, after all she is our representative. Any web designers for a web presence for the 'hands off Thuli' campaign on which we can sign our names to a petition?

      Sally Lewitt - 2012-11-28 01:23

      That's a brilliant idea!

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