Madonsela in war of words with ANC

Johannesburg - There is an attempt to interfere with the public protector, Thuli Madonsela's office said on Monday.

"The Public Protector, advocate Thuli Madonsela, has noted with deep concern the extraordinary and unwarranted attacks on her person and office by the ANC, the office of its Chief Whip in Parliament, one of its alliance partners, and the leader of its women's league following the unfortunate leak and publishing of her confidential letter to President Jacob Zuma," spokesperson Kgalalelo Masibi said in a statement.

"Her reading of the public statements and comments attributed to these parties is that there is an attempt to interfere with the functioning of her office in violation of Section 181(4) of the Constitution."

She said Madonsela called on the parties to respect the Constitution and allow her to do her job without fear or favour.

Madonsela reportedly wrote to Zuma recently that he was second-guessing the recommendations she made following her investigation into the R246m spent on security upgrades to his Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal, homestead.

ANC: Madonsela must respect Parliament

In her report, "Secure in Comfort", Madonsela recommended Zuma repay money spent on upgrades not related to security, such as the swimming pool, cattle kraal, amphitheatre, and visitors' centre.

In his 20-page reply to her report, Zuma indicated Police Minister Nathi Nhleko needed to determine if he should repay any of the money spent on security upgrades at the homestead.

In response to Madonsela's leaked letter the African National Congress's Chief Whip Stone Sizani said the public protector should respect Parliament's handling of the Nkandla saga.

He said the report was before Parliament and an ad hoc committee, and that the legality of Madonsela's letter was questionable.

ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said the letter could be interpreted as undermining the parliamentary process, and its authority to process the matter.

Madonsela: Zuma did not respond

The ANC called on the public protector to stop playing to the gallery and allow other constitutional entities to fulfil their role without interference and undue pressure.

Masibi on Monday said the public protector reiterated that Zuma had not responded to her report or communicated any remedial action. This was despite the presidency claiming he had.

"Nowhere in the purported response of the president to the public protector’s report does the document state that it represents his comment on the report.

"In fact, in paragraph 7, the document in question specifically states that it is 'not a critique' of the public protector’s report and that it 'offers no comment' on the contents of the public protector’s report and that this was not reflective of the fact that the president was accepting the contents," she said.

Madonsela's office said she had indicated that if Zuma had submitted a response to her report, she would leave the evaluation of its adequacy to Parliament.

Nowhere in her letter to the president had Madonsela told Parliament what to do, said Masibi.

Reiner Bunger 2014-08-25 03:44:31 PM
Number 1 is above the law! I feel like not responding to my Etoll account either.
Jean Steyn 2014-08-25 03:50:17 PM
You go Thuli. All law abiding citizens of this country love you.
Menzi Mnandi Phewa 2014-08-25 03:52:13 PM
well goodluck with that....did'nt you hear Zuma has a new palace in Lesotho?
Jaguar Randall Nell 2014-08-25 03:52:20 PM
don't just waste your breath madonsy
Hasani P 2014-08-25 03:56:36 PM
It offers no comment to her report" so when is the president gonna reply. The letter is plagiarized by some lawyers. The wording is wrongly inserted , so the legal jargon is misleading. There you have it ANC comrades. Let's retract this poorly worded response and save the president from embarrassment
DerekMain 2014-08-25 03:57:24 PM
Of course they are trying to unduly influence the PP - she is doing too well at exposing their criminal ways. That's the same reason they got rid of the Scorpions and have brought the NPA to a totally dysfunctional state - all so that they can carry on their brazen plunder of the fiscus unimpeded. Phansi cANCer, phansi!!!
Kabelo Tlotleng 2014-08-25 03:57:40 PM
If an ordinary south african did something wrong,will pay for that but the number citizen fail to do as he is above the law or he is the law himself with those around him,if you need the country to respect you,is better to do what is right not make treats to dose who tell you the through.Publi protector is 100% correct.
David Jones 2014-08-25 03:59:21 PM
JZ is a very strong candidate for a Nobel Prize
JAbu Radebe 2014-08-25 04:03:16 PM
Phezukwabo Thule, dont let him breath.
Roddy Jardim 2014-08-25 04:04:36 PM
Disgraceful that the Anc doesn't respect the constitution. Its just a pity that we have citizens too stupid to vote out these corrupt degenerates.