Don't rush out to protest - Madonsela

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela on Tuesday said South Africans must never forget the “Mandela way” of engaging in dialogue, even though they have the right to protest.

Madonsela delivered a speech at University of Johannesburg (UJ)’s Annual Helen Joseph Lecture where she spoke about the Lonmin mine shooting.

She said people must not rush out to protest when there are other options available to them. 

“Often people are used for agendas that have nothing to do with the improvements of their lives and they become canon fodder.” 

Madonsela also spoke tough on corruption and encouraged South Africans to take a stand. 

“When you speak truth to power, there are often perilous consequences.” 

The public protector said the country was now at a crossroads.

(Edited by Zethu Zulu)