Madonsela: Transparency good for justice

Johannesburg - Transparency, accountability, and the rule of law are important elements in the fight against crime, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela said on Thursday.

"These three concepts are important as transparency and accountability challenge the rule of law in society, which leads to justice," Madonsela said in Johannesburg.

She was speaking at a conference on crime and justice in Sandton, where various organisations, researchers, academics, and media from around the world were in attendance.

Madonsela said transparency enabled the "wrongdoings of society to be exposed".

Accountability essential to justice

"If people know what is happening in society they can become an enforcer and put pressure on state officials to instil justice."

Accountability was also essential in the criminal justice system.

"Accountability is an obligation to be answerable for your behaviour and decisions," said Madonsela.

The criminal justice system was often flawed as it lacked accountability, she said, referring to court proceedings which, at times, delayed justice.

"My office dealt with a rape case found to have been delayed 48 times and which went on for eight years."

Madonsela also referred to the rule of law as being crucial in relation to crime and justice.

"The rule of law means that no one is above the law, regardless of their position or relationship."

‘The rule of law everyone’s business’

She said the rule of law could be applied in the criminal justice system as all members of society could take responsibility for enforcing the law.

"The rule of law is everyone's business."

Transparency was important in this regard as it allowed members of the public to be aware of certain issues and allowed them to apply the rule of law.

Nelson Mandela Foundation director of research and archives Verne Harris, as well as Witwatersrand University vice chancellor and principal Professor Adam Habib were also expected to address the conference later on Thursday.

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Made-In SA 2014/08/14 12:55:06 PM
Thuli Madonsela,the last line of defence against corruption and abuse of power .When she goes,there is no more defence.The NPA and SAPS are broken.
Beaulah Fortuin 2014/08/14 12:55:56 PM
If only
Musa KamaShobane 2014/08/14 12:58:26 PM
Does Zuma understand the rule of law, now that since being in Office he has not displayed any understanding of the rule of law ? Either than filling up his family pockets at the expense of our hard earned tax monies
Teko Mohaeka 2014/08/14 01:08:36 PM
I wish you can have a Scorpions-like unit,you really need more power
John Stoltz 2014/08/14 01:13:45 PM
Thuli, you are right only if the judiciary are independent! There are too many cases that get off scot-free, especially where there are political connections!! (A LA Shabir, Selebi, etc)
Scrotie McBoogerballs McBoogerballs 2014/08/14 01:33:16 PM
Where's Anthony Michael's(da-nats) post defending ANC's right to absolve themselves of accountability and veil their corruption, while snubbing Thuli for doing her job?
Kevern Upton 2014/08/14 04:35:00 PM
Must say I really like this lady.
Mr T. 2014/08/14 09:14:21 PM
It's the same Thuli that got blamed when she issued a preliminary report on corruption of tender in WC and then that report ended under the carpet.