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.
Thuli Madonsela outside court this