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By Thabo Mokone | Nov 28, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 62 ]

AN AGGRIEVED deputy public protector Mamiki Shai, whose term expires on Friday, yesterday accused her boss, Thuli Madonsela, of bullying and calling her names.

Shai claimed in Parliament that the chief executive in Madonsela's office, Themba Mthethwa, fraudulently signed off his own performance assessment to score a bonus in 2010.

This he allegedly did by obtaining her signature under false pretences while she was in hospital.

Shai was appearing before the National Assembly's portfolio committee on justice and constitutional development to back up allegations contained in a dossier she sent to Parliament in September in which she claimed Madonsela and some of her managers had committed serious financial and tender irregularities.

Shai also had running battles with Madonsela's predecessor Lawrence Mushwana.

This led to Parliament setting up a committee to probe her allegations. However, in the end no one was found guilty.

Shai stunned MPs when she claimed Madonsela would hurl "ugly" words at her in front of junior staff and barge into her office to remove documents containing "incriminating" evidence against Mthethwa without her consent.

But Madonsela hit back, claiming Shai "was lying through her teeth".

Madonsela said she would prove Shai was not telling the truth because all their staff meetings were taped.

"All I can say is that all our executive committee meetings are recorded and there are minutes ... I really don't have any comment on this. All I know is I will give my side of the story," she said.

But MPs across the political spectrum were not swayed by Shai's allegations, claiming they were "too vague", "too wide-ranging" and amounted to "office politics" that should not be entertained by Parliament.

Committee chairman Luwellyn Landers said MPs would only decide in January whether to investigate the allegations or not.

COMMENTS [ 62 ]

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Well, I've had sufficient dealings with the PP office to know it ain't no bed of roses there and that, imho, the same incompetence and malaise which pervades other .gov depts is also found within Thuli Madonsela's realm.

All I can offer is that she has, p'haps, above average media and PR skills...

Dec 03, 2012 1:34 | 0 replies

We knew all along the she has a compradore tendencies.

Nov 28, 2012 11:6 | 0 replies

Logical explanation for all of this: Madonsela is probing Nkandla and that's a problem.

Nov 28, 2012 10:40 | 0 replies

Ye lets get the ever hard working Thuli out of office and replace her with our lap dog. African national Corruption. Well too bad for then she tapes their meetings.

Nov 28, 2012 10:26 | 0 replies

We know that. That is why we are all of us on your side. Do not expect any sympathy from brainless Chief of Nkandla. You are too logical for his belive in witchcraft.

Nov 28, 2012 10:21 | 0 replies

I dont trust Thuli either, were there is smoke there is fire. Why is she taking so long to find something on Zuma?

Nov 28, 2012 10:14 | 0 replies

Hi smomoza Missjoy

Somewhere some how there is a sabotage, Shai was sabotaged by Thuli

Nov 28, 2012 10:14 | 0 replies

"Shai also had running battles with Madonsela's predecessor Lawrence Mushwana"
This sound more like she's trouble to the office of the PP.

Nov 28, 2012 9:57 | 0 replies

Thuli Madonsela does not strike me as someone who would barge into offices and call people ugly names in front of juniour staff... She come across as someone who regards her reputation as very important... Remember her recent rebuttal of Mamiki's allegations, the accident that her son caused, etc She is very much aware of the damage to rep that such could cause and knows that there are people out to get her.

Besides, can you imagine Thuli Madonsela, with her calm and measured voice calling Mamiki names...?

Nov 28, 2012 9:44 | 0 replies

Tbo.touch
Its only a matter of time until they plot to kill Ms Madonsela, watch the space

WDF? any real reason why u said this? u the type that wont do your job properly just because u fear being killed by criminals? did someone force u into your position, was Thuli forced? in life bro u first choose it and then u have to live it, r u one of the marikana cops perhaps?

Nov 28, 2012 9:42 | 0 replies

MommaC
Only good thing Shai ever did was get rid of Mushwana. Seems like this woman can't get on with anyone at all. Every office has one and they are the bane of office life
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Did she not got rid of Selby Bacwa as well! That one she is a plain snake!

Nov 28, 2012 9:32 | 0 replies