Aspiring Public Protector Shamed For Withholding Suspension Report


Did you know that one of the fourteen candidates being questioned by a parliamentary ad hoc group tasked with finding a suitable replacement for Advocate Thuli Madonsela was fired from her job?

Answering questions on why she was suspended as the executive manager of the National Gambling Board, Mamiki Goodman admitted she was axed after she laid a complaint about a fellow employee.

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The Democratic Alliance’s Phumzile van Damme asked: “So in terms of the notice, you are not currently serving in that position, you are suspended?”

Goodman replied “Yes”, and van Damme slammed her by asking why she failed to inform the committee.

In the course of the interview, she was taken to task by Members of Parliament over her very open clashes with her former bosses.

“You are now suspended because you have accused somebody… you have a history of confrontation with your superiors,” Democratic Alliance MP Glynnis Breytenbach said.

Goodman was the sixth prospective candidate that marched to the podium during the crucial selection of Madonsela’s successor. Notably, she served a seven-year stint as South Africa’s deputy public protector under Advocate Lawrence Mushwana.

Also, in 2012‚ Goodman filed a case against Thuli Madonsela and the chief executive of the office of the public protector, Themba Mthethwa. She called for both to be probed; alleging that Mthethwa falsely ‘duplicated’ her signature and paid himself some amount of money.

She also accused Madonsela of keeping back a report on Midvaal Municipality until after local government polls in 2011 but Parliament’s justice portfolio committee flung away the allegations; labeling it “office politics”.

Sometime ago, Mamiki Goodman accused Lawrence Mushwana, Madonsela’s predecessor, of sexual harassment — but unfortunately for her, not one of her allegations has ever been proven during subsequent inquiries.

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The controversial candidate has often blamed the media of casting her in a bad light.

“There is a good thing you will find in me if you let yourself understand me for who I am, not how the media has described me…I’m afraid that conflict is necessary… In everywhere I’m accused, is where I’m trying to rectify the wrong,” she argued.