Madonsela not fazed by attacks from ANC

Pretoria - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela is not disconcerted by attacks on her by ANC members, she said on Thursday.

"I am not fazed by that, but I would appeal to the leaders to rein in those people that seem not to have respect for fellow human beings," she told reporters in Pretoria.

Madonsela said she had served in the ANC and taken up arms while those insulting her were nowhere to be seen.

"A lot of those insulting me are old enough to have been in the trenches with me but they were not there when it was tough," she said.

Madonsela said she took up the liberation fight to ensure she could one day tell her grandchildren that they had done what they could to better the country.

Madonsela was responding to the war of words between her office and the ANC. The row emanated from the leaking to the press of a letter she wrote to President Jacob Zuma on his response to her Nkandla report.

Madonsela's report looked at the R246m spent on security upgrades at Zuma's private Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal homestead.

The ANC on Tuesday accused Madonsela of not doing her work correctly. Party secretary general Gwede Mantashe said she was abusing her office and trying to get media attention by saying things not in any report or being investigated anywhere.

This followed Madonsela's claim that the letter she had written to Zuma was leaked by a senior ANC official.

Zuma cautioned

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

In his reply to her report on Nkandla, Zuma indicated Police Minister Nathi Nhleko needed to determine if he should pay back any of the R246m.

Madonsela wrote in her letter: "I am concerned that the decision you have made regarding the police minister gives him power he does not have under law, which is to review my decision taken in pursuit of the powers of administrative scrutiny I am given... by the Constitution."

Mantashe denied the leak came from the ANC and said Madonsela's office had leaked every report she wrote and blamed it on the divisions within the ANC.

He suggested that she had worked with Julius Malema's Economic Freedom Fighters, whose MPs heckled Zuma about Nkandla in Parliament last Thursday.

Madonsela on Thursday called on external actors not to meddle in state affairs. She said those in the ANC should look at themselves carefully before throwing mud.

"This hooliganism that masquerades as party spokesmanship must be reined in. You don't throw mud and remain with clean hands," she said.

Robert Moergabe 2014/08/28 09:06:13 PM
Thuli you ROCK, not like that gangster duarte from the Flats. What a digusting punk she is.
Babu Ephraim Maseka 2014/08/28 09:09:37 PM
Educated people are different from streetwise ones! Zuma...its now "checkmate"
Firefly 2014/08/28 09:13:16 PM
Give this girl 6 BELLS!!!!
Mr T. 2014/08/28 09:21:31 PM
Every time she opens a statement she shows how personnel she took the Zuma matter to her own person. She even forgot that she had never investigate Mr Zuma but she had investigated the security upgrades in the Zuma private home stead. She even forgot that Zuma constitutionally was due for a security upgrade as the only head if state is Mzansi.
Jankie Phalla Caswell 2014/08/28 09:28:37 PM
puplic protector and gorvining party you fight does nt give us job or food stop it only shows how clever you are nd who powerfull you r check even socalled afriforum took chances bcz of u fight
Made-In SA 2014/08/28 09:29:03 PM
One man can not be above the law and the Constitution. The finding of the PP is clear.That is not a recommendation,that is an instruction REPAY THE LOOTED MILLIONS.
Peter Jacobs 2014/08/28 09:29:45 PM
Thuli, u don't back down. U have millions of South Africans behind u.
David Mabu 2014/08/28 09:32:23 PM
She even forgot that she deals with people without matric like himself ... keep educating the oldies like Mantashe nomber one and granny Duarte! you are a special Thuli
Nolundi Noloyiso Nondie Jevu 2014/08/28 09:33:57 PM
Honourable mam'Thuli Madonsela, My President:-) #backoffThuli!
Khuliso Mutsha 2014/08/28 09:58:28 PM
JZ maybe owing something to Thuli, she sounds very angry and want to settle a score.