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Public Protector’s office anticipates more cases after ConCourt ruling

Her office needs an additional R115 million in funding from government to be able to fulfil its mandate.

FILE: Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - The Public Protector's office expects to see an increase in the number of investigation reports taken on judicial review now that the courts have provided certainty on the powers of the Chapter 9 institution.

Thuli Madonsela presented her R263 million budget in Parliament for approval today.

Her office needs an additional R115 million in funding from government to be able to fulfil its mandate.

Defending herself in court is also a financial burden.

Madonsela wants government departments to consult her office before deciding to challenge her findings in court.

"For example, there's a municipality that has recently said it would accept the findings [but] a week ago I got a paragraph that said they are now taking us on review and the reasons for the review are going to follow. So they haven't even decided why they want to take us on review."

Her Chief Financial officer Kennedy Kaposa says litigation is expensive.

"[You're looking at around] R15 to R20 million [in] additional costs just on litigation."

Madonsela has decided to set up a trust to support the work of her office, similar to the Constitutional Court trust established in 1995.

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