Cracks in oversight should be a concern - Madonsela

Johannesburg - Cracks and weaknesses in public oversight should be of concern to Parliament, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's office said on Wednesday.

It said in a statement that Madonsela told a workshop organised by two portfolio committees that some oversight structures had incomplete mandates and may not have the power to remedy administrative wrongs or conduct failures.

The committees were for justice and correctional services, and for women in the presidency.

Madonsela gave an example of whistle blowers left in limbo for 10 months since October 2013, with one out of work since December.

She said she referred the complaint to the Public Service Commission (PSC) which indicated that they have no jurisdiction to investigate.

The complaint was then referred to the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) whose proclamation was signed, but withheld. There has been no investigation on the matter to date, she said.

She explained that the National Development Plan (NDP) recognised overlaps and noted cracks and poor co-ordination.

The NDP further recommends strengthening through resourcing, improved co-ordination and respect of her office, Madonsela said.

She said that even though overlaps were impossible to eradicate since her office operates within a multi-agency oversight structures, the focus should be on preventing duplication.

Madonsela said what was important was not to start investigations when another structure was already investigating.

She reiterated her appeal for adequate resourcing to help her office live up to its constitutional mandate, which required it to be accessible to all people and communities.

Ame Ombre 2014-08-21 05:54:46 AM
Remove the deficiencies, all the dirt, all the bad... Get this right first, properly... To fill up the cracks and the holes...
Ame Ombre 2014-08-21 06:10:20 AM
Madonsela has unique approach to specific subjects with level of discussion in detail for maximum benefit to encourage, guide and correct...
tlg 2014-08-21 06:53:57 AM
Mado, those are only cracks because you looking at them from outer space, come a little close and you will notice it resembles a fjord more than a crack. In the same way a block of cheese resembles a manatee
Theo Bailey 2014-08-21 07:50:01 AM
Go for it Thuli Madonsela we need more people like you who can deal with all blatant corruption which is taking place in government on an hourly and daily basis 365 days a year
Nin Ja Kitty 2014-08-21 09:04:09 AM
Thuli Madonsela, how is it that you are the only one who makes any sense and any headway on real concerns. Is there a chance you could run for President.... Be our First Female President.
Roddy Jardim 2014-08-21 10:28:13 AM
Start with zuma