Can the name calling stop - Madonsela

Pretoria - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela on Thursday called on the ANC to contain the tension between the party and her office.

"Let us manage the tension as grown-ups and in a manner that respects the institutions beyond our times [in office]," she told reporters in Pretoria.

"Can the name calling stop. It is not helpful to our democracy."

Madonsela and the ANC have been at odds following the leaking of a letter she wrote to President Jacob Zuma.

She reportedly wrote to Zuma last week about the R246m spent on upgrades at his private Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal.

In her letter she reportedly cautioned him that he was second-guessing her recommendations that he repay part of the money spent on features unrelated to security, such as a swimming pool, cattle kraal, amphitheatre, and visitors' centre.

In his reply to Madonsela's report on Nkandla, Zuma indicated that Police Minister Nathi Nhleko should determine if he should repay any of the money.

Since then, ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe has publicly criticised Madonsela and suggested she was working with Julius Malema's EFF.

Madonsela rejected Mantashe's claims that she was in Parliament when EFF MPs heckled Zuma last Thursday. He suggested this was proof that she was part of the EFF's "offensive" against Zuma.

She said she was in Pretoria with Communications Minister Faith Muthambi.

"I have been called names and presented as a ghost in Cape Town. I would like to put that behind us," she said.

Madonsela asked for the separation of state and party to be respected.

Meeting with Zuma

She said she would ask for a quiet meeting with Zuma to elicit his views and concerns. This was so her office could continue to be a resource to the government and people of South Africa in rooting out maladministration and improper conduct in state affairs.

"I will also request an engagement with the presiding officers with a view to improving ways of working together in pursuit of the South African dream of a state that acts with accountability, integrity and responsiveness at all times and progressively delivers on an improved quality of life for all and freed potential of all persons," she said.

Madonsela added that such a co-operative approach was in line with the National Development Plan, which requires strengthening institutions such as the public protector, and with the Constitution.

"I have no doubt that as sons and daughters of this nation we are equal to the task. We have overcome worse situations," she said.

David Thomas 2014-08-28 10:41:48 PM
I wish you strength Thuli! You will need it as you begin your battle of wits against unarmed opponents.
Mark Jaarsveld 2014-08-28 10:50:19 PM
I would vote for you any day!!! Thuli for president!!!!
Marlene Black 2014-08-28 10:55:22 PM
Thuli has such class!
Mr T. 2014-08-28 10:58:45 PM
Every time You make any statements Mama Thuli you are getting closer and closer to sound like a DA supporter. Let alone that DA members are now your card varying members as oppose to the public. The issue of Zuma is so personalized such that you forget that you had never investigated Mr Zuma but you have investigated security upgrades in his home at Nkandla. You also seems to be forgotten that, that security upgrades was due to him as an only head of state in the country.
Amlino Jivan 2014-08-28 11:00:54 PM
Lol to think all this was sparked by Malemma
Archie Dempster 2014-08-28 11:05:35 PM
Good that the name calling has been taken out of her problem
Archie Dempster 2014-08-28 11:07:46 PM
I like the thought
Archie Dempster 2014-08-28 11:08:18 PM
.I like the thought
Sihle Zondie 2014-08-28 11:12:16 PM
what the hell, is she from Krypton or something? This lady is so cool and composed. None of the commenters here could ever maintain such decorum in the midst of this name calling she is being subjected to. #respecttomyfuturePres!
Vasantha Mahalingam 2014-08-28 11:28:52 PM
Thuli you go Lady. Give the thieves a run for their money!