ANALYSIS: This is how we got into this public protector mess

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ANALYSIS: This is how we got into this public protector mess

With Madonsela the conundrum was about bolstering her powers. Now it’s about someone who is not up to scratch

Associate editor: analysis

Former public protector Thuli Madonsela’s “Secure in Comfort” report on the security upgrades at former president Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla residence was a watershed moment in holding the executive to account, and has a lot to do with events currently playing out.

At the time of its release in March 2014, not everyone immediately comprehended the import of Madonsela’s findings.

Journalists were allowed to study the 447-page report in a three-hour lock-up prior to Madonsela announcing the outcome of her investigation at a media briefing...

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