Public Protector urges graduates to get involved in building a better South Africa

Public Protector Adv Thuli Madonsela on Friday called on new graduates at the University of KwaZulu-Natal to do their bit in making South Africa's 18-year-old democracy work. 
Speaking at the university's graduation ceremony held at its Westville campus in Durban, the Public Protector urged the graduates not to be among those who tended to stand on the sidelines while being critical of the country’s state of affairs.
"Leaders are problem solvers. By getting your degrees you have already shown leadership. Go out there in law, business or other fields, and play your part in making our democracy work," she said.
The Public Protector further asked the graduates not to shun the public sector, indicating that most of the people in that sector were hardworking citizens giving their best to make their country work.
She said the country's constitution, which was the envy of many countries across the world, made South Africa a beautiful country that was bursting with unlimited opportunities.
"Guard our constitution like a precious possession and play your part in ensuring that its vision is realized, including its emphasis on an accountable state where those entrusted with public power act with integrity all al times, placing people first in all decisions and actions," the Public Protector said.
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Published Date: 
Friday, April 20, 2012