Madon­sela’s suc­ces­sor sadly lack­ing

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Muham­mad Omar

THE Of­fice of the Pub­lic Pro­tec­tor is to en­sure trans­gres­sions and com­plaints against the state or its en­ti­ties are in­ves­ti­gated and brought to book via rec­om­men­da­tions; al­most a per­ma­nent ju­di­cial en­quiry.

Her pre­de­ces­sor Thuli Madon­sela did a splen­did job in both in­de­pen­dence from po­lit­i­cal in­ter­fer­ence and tack­ling is­sues that were too hot to han­dle with ster­ling re­sults.

Madon­sela’s rec­om­men­da­tions have not been pur­sued and this is where her suc­ces­sor should play a role.

She brought a level of con­fi­dence, that now seems bleak, on politi­cians and of­fi­cials who were “un­touch­able”.

Mkhwe­bane is un­able to grasp the tenets of her func­tion, re­spon­si­bil­ity and lim­i­ta­tions of her of­fice. Given her ma­jor blun­der, shat­ter­ing of con­fi­dence; the le­gal costs in­curred by Sarb ought to come from her own pocket or depart­ment’s bud­get.

On her first task, she has made such a blun­der that her fit­ness for of­fice, in terms judg­ment and in­de­pen­dence, is ques­tioned and ques­tion­able.

Zuma has neu­tralised a pow­er­ful of­fice and Mkhwe­bane ought to re­sign. Glen­more Cres, Dur­ban North

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