Thuli Madonsela “Ignore Hysterical Voices”

Thuli Madonsela “Ignore Hysterical Voices”

The Former Public Protector Professor Thuli Madonsela shared a cryptic “thought” on Twitter which set tongues wagging online.  Madonsela tweeted on Monday about never giving up and ignoring “hysterical voice.”  Some are speculating that she was throwing shade at her detractors.

“In Zulu, we say umuntu akalahlwa, meaning never give up on a human being – but there are some people whose hysterical voices you simply must ignore for your own peace of mind,” she said.  The post drew various reactions from many people, including even Felicia Mabuza-Suttle who replied: “Preach prof, preach!  I say Amen to that.  Block, delete, unfriend, unfollow.”

Madonsela was the topic of conversation for the whole week after sparking up a debate that South Africans should not wait for corrupt leaders to be found guilty in a court of law to remove them from power.  She stated that corrupt people should be removed from power.  “The corrupt are now mobilising for the support of the very people from whom they have stolen,” she said.  Madonsela added social justice is important if SA wants to make progress in the fight against corruption.

“If we want SA to do better using the opportunities presented by Covid-19, we will have to do better on three fronts — social justice, ethical governance and rule of law. We have to stop saying we are going to deal with people and remove them from power once they have been found guilty in a criminal court. We have to remove them when they are unethical because that’s what the constitution says.”

Madonsela, who many believed to be the best public protector in decades, also got people talking earlier this month by suggesting that amnesty be granted to corrupt individuals who played a “minimal but critical” role in the act.  Her argument was that lowering the consequences for those found to be corrupt would allow the country to start with a clean slate.  “I think some people would self-disclose if they knew they would be given an opportunity to do so without dire consequences,” she said.


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