The National Assembly will today debate whether former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela would be invited to appear in Parliament for a farewell speech or not.
The idea of inviting the fomer PP to the National Assembly was first suggested by EFF’s Shivambu at a chief whip’s forum held last week.
The matter surfaced again at a meeting of the National Assembly programme committee, which was chaired by deputy speaker Lechesa Tseno.
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The ANC kicked against the proposal, stating that a leader of a Chapter 9 institution doesn’t have the exclusive right to brief the National Assembly.
The public protector office is one of six institutions tasked with protecting the founding principles of South Africa’s post-apartheid constitution known as the “chapter nine institutions”. The ruling party insisted at the meeting that the privilege to address MPs is usually reserved for dignitaries and heads of state and not for Public Protectors.
However, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) insisted that it will, today at the plenary session, table a motion seeking the presence of South Africa’s former Public Protector Thuli in Parliament.
The chief sponsor of the proposal, Shivambu, said it will be an honour have Public Protector Thuli Madonsela address a full sitting of the National Assembly. He also expressed hope that the motion would go in their favor.
If the motion thrives, the former PP would use the opportunity to speak to the national legislature about her report on the controversial state capture, lessons that should apply to all public representatives, servants, the public, among others.
Madonsela’s tenure as South Africa’s Public Protector ended on October 14. A farewell gathering was earlier held in her honor on October 5 at Gallagher Convention Centre.
Her last days in office as public protector is an evidence to the kind of protector she has been, even when her high performance and work ethic posed a great threat to President Zuma.