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South Africa Needs to Improve Mo Ibrahim Index Ranking
Source: timeslive.co.za
Source Date: Monday, October 17, 2011
Focus: Citizen Engagement
Country: South Africa
Created: Oct 17, 2011

South Africa's fifth place on the Ibrahim Index was not grounds for the country to rest on its laurels, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela said on Monday.

Opening the Public Protector's Good Governance Conference in Pretoria, Madonsela said that while South Africa had come fifth on the index, its score had only improved by a mere half a percent since 2008.

"It's a good starting point. It's not a cause to relax."

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation's Ibrahim Index of African Governance assesses governance and leadership in African countries.

Madonsela said that when South Africa's Constitution was adopted in 1996 those in power had to then accept that they were not only accountable to Parliament and the courts, but also to Chapter 9 institutions such as the Public Service Commission and the Public Protector.

"Public power is borrowed. When this power is abused, then the people cannot benefit."

She said there were those who still thought of her office in a "before the Constitution" mindset and failed to accept the reality of its mandate.

"I do not have to be a court of law to ask you questions. I don't have to be a court of law to ask you to correct your actions."

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