Madonsela: Motion of no confidence democracy in action

Madonsela believes those who voted for President Jacob Zuma to stay in office are effectively saying that he still possesses the qualities needed for his office.

Former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. Picture: Katleho Sekhotho/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela says this week’s vote of no confidence was democracy in action.

She says the real questions are now whether civil society and government can agree that President Jacob Zuma is still competent, selfless, and trustworthy and what citizens think.

Madonsela was speaking on the sidelines of a Women’s Day dialogue held by her foundation at Constitution Hill yesterday.

The former Public Protector says this week’s vote of no confidence was a battle between those who believe the president has failed and those who feel he can still effectively run the country.

She believes those who voted for him to stay in office are effectively saying that Zuma still possesses the qualities needed for his office.

“Those who voted for him to stay are saying he still has that competency and trustworthiness.”

Madonsela says those who chose to uphold the status quo made that choice for 57 million people.

“They are our public representatives, whether we voted for them or not, regardless of which party they are from, that is how democracy works.”

She says it’s now up to citizens who form part of South Africa’s democratic process to decide.