Opposition MPs pay tribute to outgoing Thuli Madonsela

The EFF wants Madonsela to be allowed to address the National Assembly before she leaves office.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela briefs the media on the outcome of the Nkandla matter in the Con Court. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Members of Parliament (MPs) have paid tribute to outgoing Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, with the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) calling for her to be allowed to address the National Assembly.

Parties paid homage to Madonsela yesterday, when Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane was officially endorsed as her recommended successor, with 263 votes in favour, 79 against and one abstention.

The Democratic Alliance was the only party that did not support Mkhwebane, while Cope abstained.

The EFF's Floyd Shivambu said Thuli Madonsela became the biblical David who fought Goliath and emerged victorious. He says the party's written to Speaker Baleka Mbete asking that she address the House.

"She must be allowed to bid farewell and give certain advice to public administrators and to politicians on how do we avoid circumstances where we're going to misuse public resources, avoid undue benefits, avoid undue delays in the provision of services."

Opposition MPs heaped praise on Madonsela.

The Pan Africanist Congress's Luthando Mbinda said South Africa is blessed to have had Madonsela as the Public Protector.

"As a nation we were blessed with a courageous African woman who, against any form of intimidation, could stand tall and speak the truth to authority."

The African Christian Democratic Party's Steve Swart: "She was indeed, as the Constitutional Court said, one of the true crusaders and champions of anti-corruption and governance, and we believe she should be thanked, properly and in due time."

Madonsela is set to leave office in the middle of next month.