Madonsela remains mum on leaker's name

Pretoria - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela will not name the official who leaked a letter she had written to President Jacob Zuma, she said on Thursday.

"I will not name the person," she told reporters in Pretoria.

"If anyone wants to know who it is, they must speak to the two media houses. The person who leaked the letter has to take responsibility."

She was responding to a question on whether she would name the politician.

"Can the name calling stop? It's not helpful for democracy, it's not helpful for the country," she replied.

Madonsela 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 her and suggested she was working with Julius Malema's Economic Freedom Fighters.

She called on the media to be balanced in their reports. She asked why her office was being singled out when there was a leak.

Other institutions such as the Special Investigating Unit and National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) have had their documents leaked in the past but were never accused of the leaks, she said.

"When my office gets blamed for things it has not done, do you think they are strengthening democracy? We hear of matters from NPA being leaked but no one claims responsibility," she said.

Jeffrey Solomon 2014/08/28 06:16:45 PM
Thuli Madonsela's reputation for honesty and fearlessly exposing corruption has earned her the call of many people to be President. My question is: Should Madonsela ever start a Political party, how many would be prepared to abandon affiliation to their current party and vote for her?
Lerato Marule 2014/08/28 06:57:25 PM
Chapter9 istitutions are a brain child of ANC they were never there in apartheid times but are not ment to protect polititians
Waine Smith 2014/08/28 07:12:40 PM
IN the famous words of the EFF: "We want the money". The interplay between the three entities, Madonsela, the EFF and our honorable president is so fascinating to see how it will unfold. To me SA politics is quite entertaining....
Waine Smith 2014/08/28 07:14:28 PM
Oh yes, To Mercy. The spell stuff is a crock of shyte. Take a Seroquel...
Mothusi Moale 2014/08/28 07:16:12 PM
Our young democracy needs women of Madonsela;s calibre to strengthen it. Keep up the good work!!!! It seems you are the first Public Protector to be appointed since the dawn of democrac in our country.
Nathan Elston 2014/08/28 07:22:40 PM
The ANC will love long. It is bigger than Zuma it is bigger than Moelema it is th be voice of the people and the problem is that the people only voice what they told
Aluwani Emmanuel Nedzanani 2014/08/28 07:23:53 PM
mam ur a hero.. ur answers are always straight foward and always full of real facts.. wel support u mam
Bento Maepa 2014/08/28 08:25:36 PM
The ANC thought they had everything under control with their - ask Nathi Nhleko bullsh*t - until they got the letter which put a spanner in their works. So a quick way out of it was to leak the letter to the press then point their dirty stinking fingers at TM to deflect attention away from the main issue of Nathi Nhleko. I am sure TM knows the identity of the ANC sw*ne who leaked the letter - the press must have told her.
Robert Magaya Cele 2014/08/28 08:56:04 PM
Thank you, Public Protector for such stand. They must search themselves who leak the letter to the media, cause they are not one although they are in power; they are divided.
Marcus Davey 2014/08/28 09:04:05 PM
That's why l said she is an attention seeker