Gra­cious vic­tory

CityPress - - News - She may be off the ANC’s guest list, but true to na­ture, the Pub­lic Pro­tec­tor keeps it cor­dial. spoke to her af­ter the state of the na­tion ad­dress

tell Par­lia­ment what to do] and once she went there full throt­tle, I was say­ing to my col­leagues, ‘I told you’.

“It was pre­dictable and can­not work in a con­sti­tu­tional democ­racy.”

Madon­sela said she had al­ways heard Nkosi-Thomas was a great lawyer, but her per­for­mance on the day was “not in line” with what she had heard.

Madon­sela’s of­fice said at the time of the Con­sti­tu­tional Court case, she was un­aware NkosiThomas was the sub­ject of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by her of­fice.

The Pub­lic Pro­tec­tor heaved a huge sigh of re­lief when ar­gu­ment was con­cluded in the case with some mea­sure of con­sen­sus, es­pe­cially on the bind­ing na­ture of her pow­ers.

“I felt bet­ter be­cause we work with govern­ment all the time, and it is there­fore im­por­tant that govern­ment as a stake­holder ac­cept our au­thor­ity to su­per­vise them willingly. “Then you don’t have to re­sort to hard power.” By late last year, it was ev­i­dent from let­ters from Zuma that they were pre­pared to make con­ces­sions.

Even if the court is yet to rule, Madon­sela does not ex­pect that af­ter this case there can be any­one still ques­tion­ing her pow­ers.

The Pub­lic Pro­tec­tor is due to leave of­fice in Oc­to­ber. She said she had no in­flu­ence over who her suc­ces­sor would be, but was hop­ing it would be a lawyer who was pas­sion­ate about ad­min­is­tra­tive jus­tice, was com­pas­sion­ate and cared about truth and in­tegrity.

As it is, Madon­sela turned out to be a lot tougher than many had ex­pected.

“It is prob­a­bly be­cause peo­ple thought I was soft, as they said dur­ing the in­ter­view. But you can be soft but firm.”

Af­ter leav­ing of­fice, Madon­sela plans on writ­ing two books and later teach­ing law.



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