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'No plans to clip Madonsela's wings'

The justice minister says Madonsela has done well to raise the profile of the public protector's office.

Justice Minister Michael Masutha. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Justice Minister Michael Masutha says there are no plans to clip Thuli Madonsela's wings by altering her mandate, adding she has done well to raise the profile of the public protector's office.

Masutha's statement comes in the wake of remarks by justice portfolio committee chairperson Mathole Motshekga that there's a need to review Madonsela's mandate.

He says government wants the public protector to avoid wasting resources by taking on investigations that could be handled by other watchdog agencies.

He says her job is to protect the Constitution.

"Her authority doesn't derive from this legislation. It derives from the Constitution itself and therefore respect for the Constitution necessarily means we must protect these institutions and ensure they work effectively."

Masutha's comments follow remarks he made yesterday that Madonsela's mandate is broad and overlaps with other institutions.

He was speaking ahead of his department's budget vote.

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