Thuli Madonsela makes R470 000 peace offering over damaged car
Roxanne Henderson | 2017-02-10 20:05:22.0
Public protector Advocate Thuli Madonsela.
Image by: Thuli Dlamini
Former public protector Thuli Madonsela has written to her successor‚ Busisiwe Mkhwebane‚ offering to pay R470 000 for the state-owned car her son damaged when he drove it without her permission.
The recently established Thuli Madonsela Foundation said in a statement on Friday evening that Madonsela had written to Mkhwebane with the offer.
“In a letter dated and sent on 10 February 2017‚ Adv Madonsela has also withdrawn her objection for being charged for VIP protection services during the off duty period determined by the SAPS VIP unit to end on 30 November 2016.
“She has also expressed gratitude for [the] statement issued by the Auditor General confirming her long standing assertion that the car repair matter was the subject of an audit query‚” it said.
The foundation said Madonsela’s decision was informed by her moral compass and ethical considerations and not any legal duty.
“She remains convinced that the law is on her side regarding both the merits of the case and administrative justice implications of the Public Protector process.”
Madonsela said that she believed that she had not handled the situation in the best manner and apologised for the “regrettable incident”.
“Our moral compass is compromised when we forget that we are not echoes of those that are against us or appear to be so. Those of us who believe in a better world must be the first to do what we believe is right or needs to be done to achieve such a world‚” she said.
In an interview with the Citizen last week‚ after Mkhwebane addressed journalists on her first 100 days in office‚ Madonsela accused the new public protector of spreading fake news about her.
Madonsela denied that she owed almost R500 000 for repairs to the damaged state-provided BMW and that she had used it for longer than allowed.
“I’ve maintained silence because I believe that’s a proper thing to do but it’s not true that I still have to pay the money for the car or that I abused any car‚” she told the newspaper.
The foundation said Madonsela hoped to put the ordeal behind her and focus on her new projects. She is working on an autobiography.
– TMG Digital