Thursday, July 14, 2011

Protect our Public Protector!

Wow! What a breath of fresh air. With every passing day my admiration for our Public Protector, Advocate Thuli Madonsela, increases. She has opened the window of corruption, and some of the foul gas is escaping. Her courage is outstanding.

Her latest report nails the whole bunch behind the Durban police saga. They entered a lease for 10 years at R125/sq metre, not R40 which was the going rate. 'They' are all named - Bheki Cele, the Chief of Police; public works minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde; former director general Siviwe Dongwane; and, of course, property tycoon Roux Shabangu, the landlord.

Can we please have a few more like her in Government? It only needs a few, and the whole pack of cards will come tumbling down. The corrupt will finally start to turn each other in.

But the danger of this to the powerful in Government is obvious. Our Public Protector really needs protection.

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