- Thuli Madonsela recently spoke at the annual Helen Suzman Memorial Lecture in Joburg
- She said that South Africa had suffered in the hands of Jacob Zuma and needed to “reboot” it’s democracy
- The professor blamed the troubled state of democracy on the rise of “strongmen” presidents
According to former public protector Thuli Madonsela South Africa needs to “reboot” its democracy. She said that the country has suffered under the “lost decade”, under the rule of ex-president Jacob Zuma.
Delivering the yearly Helen Suzman Memorial Lecture in Joburg she said that the president’s term had been characterized by “heightened corruption”.
Professor Madonsela went on to say that democracy was troubled thanks to the “rise of strongmen” presidents and not just in South Africa but across the globe.
"In South Africa, some say all we need is to intentionally clean up and rebuild democracy and its institutions to recover from the lost decade of direction-less policy choices compounded by heightened corruption, state capture, clientelism and assault on the rule of law," said Madonsela.
"Others believe we need to rethink the question of effective accountability, particularly by the president and the rest of the executive.
"This was particularly raised during the tenure of president Jacob Zuma who was eventually forced to leave office without completing his second term... Incidentally, it is his term that is referred to as the lost decade."
Madonsela went on to say that this was the reason that South African democracy needed a “new dawn”.
Briefly.co.za recently reported that Professor Madonsela had received yet another prestigious award- The German Great Order of Merit. The award had been bestowed upon her by German President Frank-Walter Steinmeir for her contribution to South Africa's democracy.
Her seminal report, State of Capture, recommended the State Capture Inquiry that's currently underway. The Commission has been making national headlines this week with political tensions running high. Not only is the Inquiry picking up corruption at every turn, the EFF has seized the opportunity to protest against Pravin Gordhan. The minister has been testifying at the commission
Madonsela currently occupies a position as Chair of Social Justice at Stellenbosch University.
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