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Thuli Madonsela in hospital after attempting suicide


The accusations and controversy surrounding former public protector Thuli Madonsela led her to attempting suicide.

The 54-year-old former public protector was found unresponsive this morning at her home. According to a source Thuli Madonsela slit her wrist and had a large volume of alcohol in her system. Two bottles of Vodka and a pack of aspirin tablets were found on the floor.

On Thursday Thuli Madonsela denied that her office operated on money from foreign donors and that it had used consultants after the newly appointed public protector accused her.

“It’s a lie that we used consultants. It’s a blatant lie that we used USAID money, ever,” Madonsela told Johannesburg-based radio station Power FM.

Madonsela’s successor, Busisiwe Mkhwebane, told Parliament’s justice committee on Wednesday that she would stop foreign donor funding and the use of consultants. Briefing MPs on her 2015/16 annual report, she said USAID had donated $500 000 to the office.

She said the office incurred R5-million in irregular expenditure due to consultants.


Thuli Madonsela had been released from hospital and she is doing well.