Former Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela says like most South Africans, she celebrates the start of the Commission of Inquiry into allegations of state capture .
On Wednesday Commission Chairperson, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo announced key appointments to his Commission.
Former Auditor General Terence Nombembe will be Head of Investigations and experienced lawyer Paul Pretorius will be the Head of the Legal Team.
Madonsela called on South Africans to help the Commission in its work by coming forward with information.
She says: “Lets give the Commission as much as we can. If you have information, give it to the Commission – and if you need some kind of protection as a whistle blower, give the Commission the information and request to have your disclosure protected.”
Madonsela also touched on the land issue saying mediation is a tool that can be considered to resolve differences in the current dialogue on land expropriation without compensation.
She was speaking at the inaugural conference of the Social Justice Foundation, whose aim is to mediate in conflicts.
She says mediation can be as effective as litigation.
‘It seems to me that some people have tried now to look for some easy answer, which is expropriation without compensation, because they felt land reform was taking too long. Some of the discussions around settlements have been intractable. I think mediators can step in there and help to mediate some of these disputes, to ensure that there is not only justice, but there’s also peace,” says Madonsela.