Adv. Madonsela Offers Support to Operation Save Syria Initiative


Months after her retirement as public Protector, Thuli Madonsela has been engaging herself in offering support to the impoverished. Recently she offered support to an initiative aimed at bringing relief to people in war-torn Syria.

Speaking at Operation South Africa event in Johannesburg on Wednesday morning, advocate Thuli said there cannot be sustainable peace anywhere as long as there is suffering somewhere.

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The initiative saw close to R10 million being handed over to local charities to help people in war-torn Syria and the initiative said it’s preparing to put in place a distribution plan to ensure those suffering in Syria receive aid as soon as possible.

Lending hers support to the initiative, Madonsela said the initiative is about understanding that we are all part of one human race.

“When one part of humanity hurts, the rest of us will eventually hurt. It’s really part of ubuntu.”

Madonsela also responded to the criticism that Operation South Africa should be just as invested in dealing with South Africa’s problems as those in Syria.

She said the Operation SA “Already they’re making sure that Operation SA is responsive to any need.”

Meanwhile, operation South Africa leader, Yusuf Abramjee said the initiative has received close to R14 million worth of pledges toward helping people in Syria this week.

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He also congratulated the South Africans for responding in great number, to the call for special donations. He said the enormous response they’ve received from South African public donations shows the spirit of Ubuntu. KS