Who Can Make a Complaint to the Ombudsman Office
Any person can make a complaint to the Ombudsman against any:
- government ministry
- government department or agency
- public servant
- leader in the government including provincial councils, municipalities & statutory bodies and their Board of Directors
- The Ombudsman can also commence an investigation on his/her own initiative
How to Lodge a Complaint with the Ombudsman Office
A complaint can be lodged with the Ombudsman Office by completing a compliant form a copy of which can be downloaded from this website, or through telephone, email, in person or anonymous / own initiative.
How does the Ombudsman Deal with Complaints
The Ombudsman will provide an opportunity for all parties to respond to the allegations made against them and will attempt to resolve the complaint by mediating between parties in any complaint. Should the complaint cannot be resolved then the Ombudsman will issue a preliminary report with recommendations on how to resolve the issues and a public report will be issued after.
What Happens after an Investigation?
For maladministration issues, an attempt is made to resolve the issue and if the matter cannot be resolved, a public report will be issued. For Leadership Code Issues, a public report is issued with recommendations for the Public Prosecutor to prosecute. If the public prosecutor feels that the evidence contained in the public report is not sufficient to conduct any proceedings against a Leader or persons involved in a leadership code case then the Public Prosecutor is required to direct the Commissioner of Police to conduct an investigation against the said leaders or persons. Police must investigate within 60 days and forward evidence to the Public Prosecutor and the public prosecutor is to decide within 3 months where there are sufficient grounds to prosecute.
What can't the Ombudsman Do?
The Ombudsman can't investigate the President or members of the Judiciary. The Ombudsman cannot enquire into a matter previously investigated by the Ombudsman, the reasons why a recommendation by the Ombudsman was not followed, the action taken by a leader or person in charge of a government agency to give effect to a recommendation of the Ombudsman.
How can you assist the work of the Ombudsman?
You can inform your friends and families about the work of the Ombudsman. You can also lodge complaints to the Ombudsman concerning an issue related to the work of the Government or conduct of leader or the Municipality. You can strive to possess good leadership qualities as leaders of the country.