Row brews between public protectors old & new

Thuli Madonsela has reportedly hit back at her successor, strongly denying that she still owes the office money.

FILE: Advocate Thuli Madonsela. Picture: Louise McAuliffe/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG – While Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane insists she doesn’t hate her predecessor, Thuli Madonsela reportedly says she’s decided to speak out against false news and lies that legitimise injustice.

Madonsela says Mkhwebane’s briefing on Thursday, on her first 100 in office was the last straw and has hit back at claims around her use of a state vehicle and that she and the new Public Protector had a good working relationship.

In 2012, Madonsela’s son crashed her official vehicle, causing damage worth about R450,000, while she’s also been accused of using the vehicle longer for than she was supposed to.

Madonsela has reportedly accused her successor of peddling lies about her to the media, saying this was the last straw which forced her to now break her silence.

She has told the Citizen that she initially kept quiet, believing it was the right thing to do. But she can no longer maintain her silence.

Madonsela reportedly denies that she still owes the state money for the damage to her work car or that she abused any vehicle policies.

The former Public Protector says that the lies “legitimise injustices”.

She also says that she believes she’s being made to pay for going after President Jacob Zuma and that she never broke any rule.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)