Thuli Madonsela term in office comes to an end
Advocate Thuli Madonsela’s term in office as the Public Protector of South Africa comes to an end on 15 October 2016.
Since taking office seven years ago, Madonsela has been hailed as a defender of democracy and justice.
She was appointed Public Protector by President Jacob Zuma in 2009 after getting hundred percent of the votes by all parties in parliament.
Since her appointment, Madonsela has investigated several high-profile cases, but she has also probed cases involving ordinary members of the public.
Madonsela is often been praised for her efficiency and professionalism.
Even in the face of criticism and threats of arrest – the former assistant teacher has always maintained a calm demeanor about her.
Madonsela has been called a spy and faced accusations of being captured by white monopoly capital, but has dismissed her detractors and appealed to her critics to allow her to get on with her work.
Here is a timeline of Madonsela’s tenure as Public Protector:
- October 2009
Thuli Madonsela is appointed by President Jacob Zuma, succeeding Lawrence Mushwana.
- February 2011
Thuli Madonsela receives a complaint about a deal involving the leasing of SA Police Service buildings in Durban and Pretoria.
The case involved then National Police Commissioner Bheki Cele and businessman Roux Shabangu
Madonsela finds the lease was unlawful and recommends that action is taken against officials involved.
Cele was later dismissed as Police Commissioner, after a board of inquiry flowing from Madonsela’s recommendations.
- October 2012
Madonsela investigates claims that then ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema and his business associates influenced Limpopo government officials to award tenders.
The contracts were awarded to a company linked to Malema.
While Madonsela could find no evidence that Malema used his influence, the Public Protector found that the tenders were illegally awarded and recommended that they be cancelled.
- February 2014
Madonsela investigates complaints that the SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng faked his academic qualifications.
There are also claims that Motsoeneng irregularly hiked his salary, made improper appointments and abused his power.
The Public Protector finds that the claims are true and finds Motsoeneng to be ‘dishonest.
She later recommends that disciplinary action should be taken against him.
- March 2014
Madonsela finds that the upgrades to President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla homestead in Kwa-Zulu Natal were illegal. She concludes that the President and his family unduly benefitted from the improvements including a cattle kraal, chicken run, swimming pool and other amenities.
- October 2016
The release of the alleged ‘State Capture’ provisional report is halted.
President Jacob Zuma files an urgent interdict to stop the release of the report.
The public Protector is investigating allegations that President Zuma allowed or ignored the Gupta family’s influence on cabinet appointments. The family is also accused of influencing the awarding of government tenders.
Madonsela’s term ends 15 October 2016.
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