Protector wants more money

2012-10-12 16:32

Cape Town - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela told MPs on Friday that her office has asked for additional funding of R64m in the next financial year.

In the following three years there would be requests for extra funds of between R50m and R60m a year, she told Parliament's portfolio committee on justice during a briefing on the office's annual report.

"We have been negotiating with Treasury to say, honestly, we do need an increase," Madonsela said.

In motivating the request, she said that since its inception, the Office of the Public Protector had not received a budget baseline readjustment, and even though its responsibilities had grown, it had made do with increases of roughly 10% per year.

Its budget for this financial year was R195.8m.

Madonsela argued that the state would eventually save whatever additional money it afforded her office, because of its role in fighting corruption and recovering misspent funds.

"In the end, the additional money will be recovered through our contribution in addressing systematic maladministration."

Justice committee chairperson Luwellyn Landers said members had not yet decided whether to support the request "but that does not mean we have said no".

Madonsela was given a grilling by the committee last year over her salary, with ANC MPs suggesting it was excessive and should be capped. At R1.789m a year, it is the same as that earned by provincial premiers and judges of the Supreme Court of Appeal and the Constitutional Court.

The Public Protector received 20 626 new complaints in the past financial year, and carried over 5 603 from the previous year.

Madonsela said the number of new complaints received increased by 4 000 on the year, and the number of cases finalised by 2 000.

She said her office tried to finalise most cases within a month, in line with international standards, but had been advised by the Auditor General that the target time should be reviewed and made more realistic in view of its limited resources.

The annual report reflected that 24% of the office's targets were not met, and that this mostly related to missing the turnaround times for investigations.

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  • jonivdw - 2012-10-12 16:55

    She deserves her salary as she actually works damn hard for it... More than the premiers for example. Give her the extra funding needed! As a tax payer I prefer my money going to the PP rather than being wasted on Nkandla & other irregular expenditure! Go Thuli!

      Jellyarse - 2012-10-12 18:04

      No, I'm afraid you can't have any additional budget - what would my friends and family think of me If I told them I'd given you more money to chase after them and uncover their daily thieving, robbing and commission of genocidal acts! Your department has a purposely small budget to keep the idiot public happy, but you're not really meant to be doing such a good job. Careful, I might have to replace you soon!

  • niel.dino.33 - 2012-10-12 16:59

    It would definitely be money well spent. If fact, give her a little more than she's asking for so she can buy some Bells too. She definitely earned it.

  • Mfundo Thabo Radebe - 2012-10-12 17:01

    Give her all the money she needs to carry out her job without any constraints. Plus she does save the state money by catching out corrupt people in government. I dont mind Thuli getting a raise. she deserves it!

  • ron.warwick.79 - 2012-10-12 17:06

    I say yes, If anybody needs more it her!

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-10-12 17:12

    Now this would be money well spent. Stop the renovations on Zuma's house and give it to her.

  • ken.grimblegrumble - 2012-10-12 17:24

    I believe the ANC is attempting to block her by its underfunding, her department is just too damn good.

      rocky.bell.927 - 2012-10-12 17:48

      Ken, then we as the citizens all have to club in! If she can bring down Foolius Dilemma there is hope for us. This woman and her department's successes are commendable - the best thing ever happened in SA since 1994. I can actually not believe she hasn't been shut down long ago. Thulie .... I salute you. Well done!! Take the blixems out that rob us blind.

  • Brian Dorning - 2012-10-12 17:25

    Stop the 200m for Zuma's house, and give it to this woman! She is the leader we want!

  • jannie.kotze.7 - 2012-10-12 17:38

    "PRESIDENT" Thuli Madonsela, The cANCer mafia who run, sorry ruined this country and its people, are too scared be exposed by you. I doubt if they will increase your budget.

  • pierre.walt - 2012-10-12 18:04

    Please but please appoint me.

  • Krishna - 2012-10-12 18:12

    Give the horable Miss Madonsela all the money her offices require. As for as a capped salary, that is questionable, given all that goes and comes with her job.

  • njdejager - 2012-10-12 18:17

    Now this is one department where they can use all my Tax money and i will smile! Give here double of what she needs.

  • sello.r.molefe - 2012-10-12 18:26

    Yes.. Give Thuli ol d funds mshe needs this nation is sick of corruption

  • mo.haarhoff - 2012-10-12 19:22

    An unbroken list of positive comments...she earns every cent she's paid and they should double what she's requesting; the complaints are bound to keep rising and some of them will be pretty awkward. The person who dares refuse her will have guilt written all over his face!

      kerry.simpson - 2012-10-13 08:54

      That has to be a first on News 24, I think?! I so wish Thuli would stand for President. She would be the most uniting force since Madiba.

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-10-13 08:17

    What do you want to bet that she wont get it. They are trying to their best to just keep her dept going and thats all, lests she does too good a job. If she does'nt get what she wants, its time for us to withhold our taxes.

      erich.goosen - 2012-10-13 10:45

      You are probably right. The ANC has expressed its concern with the escalating corruption and should now put their money where the mouth is.

  • dmcmr.dhai - 2012-10-13 12:12

    Amandla to her, cut nkandla nonsense

  • jabu.sibanyoni.5 - 2012-10-13 14:12

    Give her the money, she deserves the best support possible for her excellent job.

  • andrew.mackie.90 - 2012-10-14 06:59

    Well, this request surely shows how corrupt our society is today. My guess that most fraud and corruption is in Government so one wonders if the extra funds will be granted. IF it has to be authorised by parliament I very much doubt it being granted. Now if it is up to treasury alone Pravin Gordham would be seen asw obstructive in not handing over addition funds and maybe having some hidden agenda. so lets wait and see, on the other hand what comes to mind taxpayer funds in excess of R200m are allocated to upgrade a private residence belonging to Jacob Zuma. Interesting??

  • SarelJBotha - 2012-10-15 16:20

    Thuli for president is what I think...and she should be given power to make cases directly from her department. This is the only way the people might get some protection from corruption.

  • SarelJBotha - 2012-10-15 16:23

    The courts should be forced to hear cases made via or by her for free and no costs orders should e granted against her office.

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