Madonsela’s powers questioned

Thuli Madonsela
Thuli Madonsela

Deputy Justice Minister John Jeffrey has slammed what he described as an attempt to turn the office of public protector Thuli Madonsela into a quasi-judicial body with immense powers.

“Surely the public protector is not a quasi-judicial body?” Jeffrey said during a debate on Madonsela’s powers, hosted by the Law Society of South Africa at the University of Pretoria yesterday.

“Its powers are to investigate, make findings and recommendations, and put that into the public domain. It is in the public domain that the action must be taken.”

Jeffrey argued that the public protector would have enormous powers if her findings were to be binding.

“[Madonsela] is essentially an investigator, prosecutor and a judge all rolled into one. That is quite unheard of in our law,” he said.

-Sipho Masombuka and Dominic Skelton

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2 thoughts on “Madonsela’s powers questioned

  • February 5, 2015 at 11:39 pm

    If the people of South Africa could vote for a President like they do in the United States Thuli Madonsela could be our President as she is loved and honoured by most of the people of this country! One MILLION TIMES MORE INTEGRITY, HONESTY,DECENCY,TRUTHFUL than Y.K.W. (YOU KNOW WHO)

  • February 5, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    it’s not her fault that the bulk of corruption happens to come from the ANC government


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