“I was once a member of the ANC, I have no plans of returning to the party” was the answer Former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela gave when she was asked if she had plans to return to the ruling African National Congress (ANC).
Madonsela was speaking on the sidelines of the 2016 Mahatma Gandhi Awards at the Durban City Hall, where she received The Second Satyagraha Award for her tremendous contribution during her tenure as public protector.
There, reporters asked her if she would be willing to go back to the African National Congress, a party she was once a member of.
“No”, came her simple answer to the questions,
“I was a member of the ANC and I left it in 2007, not because I had any bad feelings but professionally, I felt that I needed to distance myself from any political party and I am still in that space,” Thuli Madonsela said.
Advocate Thuli, however, noted that her services would be available to all political parties.
“I feel that at this stage, I can assist all political parties if they need my advice or services for free but otherwise, I am taking a holiday for the next 13 months or so.”
Thuli Madonsela has been under attack from members of the ruling ANC who believe she had been working against the party.
Recently, the youth league of the party accused the advocate of working with the opposition party, the DA to unseat President Jacob Zuma.
One of the accusations laid against her by the party’s youth was linked to the controversial state capture report which ANCYL claim was a move to further enhance the agenda of the Democratic Alliance.
“Her confidence is only boosted when she sees herself vandalizing the name of the president on TV and in various media platforms,” the ANCYL spokesman Mlondi Mkhize said in one of his recent comments about the advocate.
Meanwhile, advocate Thuli Madonsela made mention of Mahamta Gandhi’s role in the country’s most trying period.
She said: “If there ever was a time for us to be reminded by the life and the message in the life of Mahamta Gandhi, it is today- a time when we are going through a serious turbulent country and world.”
“A time when we are reflecting as humanity regarding what road brought us here and are there alternative roads that we could take towards that world where we can all be happy, there can be friendship and where we can embrace each other regardless of race, gender, disability and sexual orientation.”
Other recipients included Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, Shaka Sisulu, both who could not attend due to ill health, and Judge Albie Sachs.