In a recent interview for eNCA News Night, former Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela has praised President Cyril Ramaphosa for the steps he has taken to combat corruption.
In quotes: Thuli Madonsela on Cyril Ramaphosa
Madonsela added that while Ramaphosa cannot be expected to interfere with the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and Law enforcement agencies but rather to provide support and the resources needed for combating corruption.
“During the years that currently look like the years of State Capture, too many people enjoyed impunity. People would like to know that when the President says impunity is over, it’s over. But we don’t expect the president to be arresting people or to be interfering with the police or NPA or the Public Protector. We just expect the President to get out of the way and provide the necessary resources in support in terms of his public narrative.”
Madonsela praised the President’s appointment of Adv Shamila Batohi as the new National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP).
“He’s (Ramaphosa) appointed a very competent National Director of Public Prosecutions Ms Batohi. Who’s not only competent as being someone who knows the sector but she has appointed equally competent people to help her.”
She also praised the appointment of Edward Kieswetter as the new commissioner of the South African Revenue Service (SARS).
“SARS has a senior person appointed there who used to be a Deputy Commissioner there to do the right thing. We’ve seen how some of the SOEs are beginning to get the right attention and we would like to see more of that attention translating into competent and upright people.”
Madonsela also outlined what South Africans should be expecting from the President and he needs to have a clear vision for South Africa.
“The president has to be clear about the vision he has for this country. The role of government. The role of business. The role of society. The role of academia. In a democracy, we are going to get different perspectives.”
She also stressed the importance of all South Africans working together to create a better South Africa, despite our differences.
“We need to fix social justice. We need to fix the state. We need to fix the capacity of the state. We also need to fix the integrity of the state. We need to fix the integrity within business. But more than anything else we need to start working together. At this stage, we need to be all hands on deck and all of us should be facing in the same direction in moving this country forward.”