Let Madonsela do her work - Tutu

Johannesburg - Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and Reverend Mpho Tutu on Thursday appealed for Public Protector Thuli Madonsela to be left alone to do her work.

"Maligning the public protector besmirches not only the ruling party, but the entire country. We are proud that South Africa has an Office of the Public Protector," the Nobel Peace Prize winner and his daughter said in a joint statement.

"The contempt being shown to the public protector by the ruling party underlines the slippery moral slope South Africa has descended since the days of hope and promise under President Nelson Mandela."

Madonsela and the African National Congress have been locked in a war of words following the leaking of a letter she had written to President Jacob Zuma over his response to her report on the upgrades to his Nkandla home.

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.

The Tutus said the creation of a public protector in the new South Africa reflected the country's evolutionary progress as a nation.

South Africa now had a public protector whose job it was to investigate any conduct in state affairs or the public administration where impropriety or prejudice was suspected or alleged.

"Accountability is not just a word. It is a foundation stone for good leadership, responsibility, trust, justice and respect," they said.

When Mandela was called to appear before the Pretoria High Court to defend a decision to investigate alleged graft and racism in South African rugby, many people thought he would fend off the summons on technical grounds.

"But he chose to appear in court to demonstrate his accountability to the rule of law and administration of justice.

"If the ruling party has issues with the process the public protector has followed in respect of the investigation into the hideous public spending on improvements to President Zuma's accommodation in Nkandla, or with the findings, its obligation is to approach the courts for a remedy," they said.

The pair applauded Madonsela's courage and called her a woman of integrity who served her country without fear or favour.

"We, humbly, suggest that all South Africans take pride in a job well done, and let Thuli Madonsela get on with her work."

Koos Luerre 2014-08-29 05:49:59 AM
Dear Arch, She can't be allowed to do her work. There's a huge hierarchy of corrupt parasites, comrade cadres and dear friends and family of No1 that has to make sure she does NOT do her job.
Mpho Mokone 2014-08-29 05:50:01 AM
im an anc member,bt im 100percent behind you
Akhenaten 2014-08-29 05:50:11 AM
You are right but when the office of the public protector came into being, the criminals were outside parliament. If we look at the facts we can understand that those in parliament don't want her to do her job.
Jane Dawson 2014-08-29 05:51:13 AM
Phoofolo Lebohang 2014-08-29 05:52:54 AM
Everyone is fed up about current leadership of ANC... Only hooligans support them. ANC its ended during Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki term.
Hartog Blok 2014-08-29 05:56:12 AM
Arch - remind these narcissist ANC politicians they WORK FOR US, pull the same phase as the vagrant under the bridge when constipated and are nothing special. Intimidating its own structures and then falling is credit to Madonsela. This (smart) leader is not easily bamboozled - refreshing.
Tholakele Mngadi 2014-08-29 05:56:19 AM
Borrowing from the words of Robert Mugabe whe he said; ''that little evil priest''. Refering ofcourse to the arch. Some people just never know when to shut up.
Khuliso Mutsha 2014-08-29 05:59:38 AM
We must never make a mistake of thinking that Thuli Madonsela is always RIGHT, all people in this country have got the rights to be protected by the very same public protector, including the president. Otherwise we will run the risk of turning that office into political fighting machinery to discredit other people. Criticism of the office of the PP is also part of democracy, and that must not only be viewed as an attack because the criticism comes from the ANC, ANC worked very hard to win elections, againts all odds, including the PP propaganda, allow the ANC to run the country,they have earned that democratic right fair and square.
Motsamai Shiya 2014-08-29 06:04:00 AM
It's not raining, it's pouring in the ANC camp.
Daniel Mavhungu 2014-08-29 06:07:39 AM
Tell them please. May be they will listen to you.