Pub­lic pro­tec­tor needs sup­port

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Ken­neth Mok­gatlhe

THE PAN African­ist Congress of Aza­nia (PAC) re­it­er­ated dur­ing the farewell of for­mer Pub­lic Pro­tec­tor Thuli Madon­sela that the in­sti­tu­tion should be sup­ported by all sec­tors of so­ci­ety to be able to do its demo­cratic work.

The in­sti­tu­tion can­not be al­lowed to be com­pro­mised by op­por­tunists who have their own nar­row de­sires, and nei­ther can its in­cum­bents sell the soul of the in­sti­tu­tion which is meant to pro­tect the pub­lic.

To at­tack the pub­lic pro­tec­tor will not help any­one, but will cost or­di­nary cit­i­zens who do not have ac­cess to courts, as they are very ex­pen­sive.

We urge the cur­rent pub­lic pro­tec­tor to stop be­hav­ing like a dom­i­nant fac­tion within the gov­ern­ing party, and in­stead at­tend to the im­por­tant cases of or­di­nary South Africans. The in­cum­bent should also stop her ob­ses­sion with the work of her pre­de­ces­sor Madon­sela.

She should just take up where Madon­sela left off and do more ster­ling work.

An at­tack on that in­sti­tu­tion is a di­rect at­tack on the poor be­cause the pub­lic pro­tec­tor was meant to ser­vice or­di­nary South Africans, en­sur­ing ac­ces­si­bil­ity of jus­tice. But cor­rupt politi­cians are politi­cis­ing the in­sti­tu­tion.

We will lose our trust and con­fi­dence in this im­por­tant in­sti­tu­tion be­cause of what these wolves seek to do. PAC Spokesper­son

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