“Your half-hearted apology Mr President is not accepted do us a favour and leave office” … Success Mataistane NUPSAW General Secretary

National Union of Public Service and Allied workers (NUPSAW), welcomes the judgement handed down by the honourable Chie Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng…Be that as it may, our President did undermine the chapter 9 institutions thus not exonerate him from liability to acknowledge himself fault in raping the constitution. The Half-hearted apology is unacceptable. The President must leave office. An apology claiming ignorance of the law is unacceptable when you are charged with the responsibility of upholding the law. As correctly stated by Mmusi Maimane of the DA, our President failed to acknowledge his fault in the Nkandla saga, when it is common knowledge that he initially refused to pay back the money as indicative in his statement of 31 March 2015, when he said “I did not request for the upgrades”.

Having said that, NUPSAW welcomes the Bua Mzansi public awareness campaign launched in February by the Corruption Watch, in an effort to allow South Africans to be active participants in this year’s nominating process of the new Public Protector. The office of the Public Protector; currently led by Thuli Madonsela who will retire this year has played a vital role in representing and protecting the public in the fight against corruption. We commend Corruption Watch for the efforts initiated to continue protecting the office of the Public Protector, and also creating platforms for the public to exercise their right in selecting their leadership by promising to Publicize the nomination process through public participation and to the appointment of the new Public Protector.

Thuli Madonsela has done a stellar job during her tenure as the Public Protector, and we hope that the Bua Mansi Campaign will result in the appointment of a worthy candidate who will continue to protect the public against corruption without fear of intimidation. We urge all our members to use this opportunity as an act of empowerment by taking part in the Bua Mzansi Campaign.

For more information:
Success Mataitsane, General Secretary
Cell: 082 553 8465
Tel. 012 342 1674
Issued by Reneilwe Maluleke, Media Officer, Cell 072 699 5295 Tel. 012 342 1674