Is Public Protector taking on too many investigations?

Thuli Madonsela has had to investigate almost 40,000 cases with limited staff and resources.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Concerns have been raised about Public Protector Thuli Madonsela taking on too many investigations and now being desperate for financial support.

Madonsela told Parliament's portfolio committee on justice and correctional service earlier this week that her office is "technically insolvent".

She has had to investigate almost 40,000 cases with limited staff and resources.

Political analyst Nic Borain says she needs more funding.

"We have got a situation in which the public protector has been completely inundated. She has taken on more than she has the staff for and more than she can pay for. She's constitutionally obliged to protect the public, meaning government needs to come up with more money for the public protector."