The new public protector says she will leave the dispute over the state capture report prepared by h.
It is important for us all to bear in mind that we do not really have all the facts regarding the Robert McBride story. So, until a fair legal process has examined the evidence, we should exercise restraint and not pass judgment.
However, we are certainly entitled to question what is appropriate behaviour by a public official, as well as possible abuse of power. As such, questioning should never be discouraged in a democratic state.
I urge people, even the government, to understand the critical importance of separating past "struggle" credentials from current business credentials.
It might help a person who did much during the liberation struggle to gain a position, but by no means should it serve to keep them there.
Once I give someone a job, I expect them to perform according to the requirements of the post. In the case of a senior police official, performance goes even beyond crime management - it must include adhering to high ethical standards that communities respect.
Once such a figure is exposed in a manner that is unbefitting of such office, it goes without saying that the official should be removed pending investigation, and if found guilty of impropriety, they must be expelled. This preserves the integrity of the process, and without integrity, policing is a waste of time. The same applies to all levels of public officialdom.
Bryan Arumugam, firstname.lastname@example.org