Protector, govt must build relationship - Mandonsela

Johannesburg - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela believes the relationship between her office and the government needs to be strengthened, her spokesperson said on Friday.

"The public protector said at the centre of dialogue [with stakeholders is] the need to solidify synergies between her office and government, with a view to ensuring seamlessness in public service delivery," spokesperson Kgalalelo Masibi said in a statement.

Madonsela, speaking at the University of the Witwatersrand's Business School in Johannesburg on Thursday, said her office's stakeholder dialogue for the year was focused on enhancing working relations between the public protector and organs of state.

Gauteng Premier David Makhura, speaker of the provincial legislature Ntobi Mekgwe and the Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau were part of the panel at the dialogue.

Madonsela said her office was created by the Constitution to inform the government when they "missed some spots" while executing their responsibilities, and that they should admit and make amends when they did.

"She quoted from... the Constitution, reiterating... the responsibility of organs of state to assist and protect independent constitutional institutions such as her office to ensure their independence, impartiality, dignity and effectiveness, and that no person or organs of state may interfere with their functioning," said Masibi.

Makhura said his office was committed to implementing the reports of all institutions established in the Constitution, including that of the public protector.

"When members of the public come to you to complain about government we can't complain about you as government. We have to look at the issues," said Makhura.

He said his office would deal with problems and not wait until they were brought to Madonsela's office.

"Most of the issues that come to you [Madonsela] can be resolved by us. They just need our will to act. Sometimes we are not humble enough to admit when we are wrong," he said.

Mekgwe said her office was planning a workshop with Madonsela's Gauteng office to strengthen co-operation, while Tau said the public protector's office had helped to pass a by-law that would see the establishment of an ombudsman's office to deal with service delivery complaints.

Martin Jansen 2014-08-15 10:45:02 PM
The problem is simple. She's cutting to near the bone.
Lemos Gumede 2014-08-15 11:24:54 PM
Protector must also build relationship with government working with da wont help
Marquise Lucky 2014-08-15 11:27:55 PM
Justin Tweedie 2014-08-16 12:59:20 AM
Always one fool "working for DA". Its the "Public" protector there too make sure that all our interests are represented even if we can't understand that corruption is rife in the ruling party supposed leadership.
Robert Magaya Cele 2014-08-16 01:26:12 AM
"Sometimes we are not humble enough to admit when we are wrong." Just tell your collegues: Mr Makhura
Teko Mohaeka 2014-08-16 02:07:20 AM
Trap hulle Thuli baby
Sipho Tshakela 2014-08-16 05:43:14 AM
I severed any ties with anc almost a decade now and that's not about to change anytime soon. I'm one of those who give praise where it is due, Premier Makhura so far is speaking the language that I understand. He seems well positioned and capacitated to be a real servant of the people. My plea to him, never ever get entangled in mal-practices the anc has become synonimous with in modern times. Serve without any fear, prejudice and favour, you will be handsomely rewarded
Jolanda Smit 2014-08-16 05:52:32 AM
Your fearless gang leader does not sleep any more....
Wynand Pienaar 2014-08-16 07:06:35 AM
We want you as the next PRESIDENT . The world will be proud dear . As it is now ????
Kamohelo Moshodi 2014-08-16 07:08:17 AM
Mandonsela we love you dear I wish all women in the country would be like you SA would be a better country where everyone wish to leave are my president all the best dear