As Thuli Madonsela warms up to step down from the prestigious position of South Africa’s public protector; she has dropped some words of advice and encouragement to her successor Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane.
Speaking to journalists at the Rhema Bible Church’s “Truth Be Told” conference; where she delivered a speech about gender-based violence; the Nkandla biggest winner urged all and sundry to support the next public protector; since government considered her fit and competent to occupy the office.
In addition, the endearing advocate opined that what is needed now is to support Mkhwebane; and make sure that she takes the office of the PP to the next level.
“Government has made the choice that government considers the best in terms of having a fourth public protector. It’s not for me or my predecessors to judge whether it’s good or bad,” Madonsela said.
However, the outgoing Public Protector advised Mkhwebane not to imitate her traits; rather she should see things differently from her, “but building on the legacy that I have left.”
Reflecting on her term as the public protector, she recalled that her biggest achievements have been her ability to help ordinary citizens – whom she referred to as “Gogo Dlaminis” in regaining justice.
Thuli Madonsela Makes A Wish
Making a wish, Thuli Madonsela said she hopes to see the public protector’s office get extra funds to assist more helpless “Gogo Dlaminis” who have no voice or place to go.
Last week Wednesday, Busisiwe Mkhwebane was crowned South Africa’s next Public Protector with an overwhelming 263 votes in the National Assembly. Her candidacy was however rejected by 79 MPs; while one MP abstained.
Her candidacy was publicly opposed by the Democratic Alliance (DA) even before she was nominated. The DA contended that her qualifications and experience make her unsuitable for this position.
More so, the opposition party argued that the secrecy around her work at the SSA made it almost impossible to ascertain; whether or not her role and conduct are beyond reproach and befitting the office of the Public Protector; who is constitutionally mandated to be ‘a fit and proper person to hold such office.
However, against all odds and backlashes; controversial Mkhwebane was able to make it as South Africa’s fourth public protector. We hope she lives up to expectation.