Madonsela's behaviour cause for concern - Mantashe

Johannesburg - The ANC is concerned by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's behaviour, secretary general Gwede Mantashe said on Tuesday.

"As a Chapter Nine institution, she has a responsibility to protect the integrity of the office of the public protector in discharging her responsibilities," Mantashe told reporters in Johannesburg.

"This means she should not undermine another arm of state that she deferred to, to further process a report that she compiled."

He was speaking after the conclusion of the party's national working committee (NWC) meeting on Monday.

Mantashe said Madonsela's conduct prejudiced the work of Parliament and its committees.

Mantashe was reacting to a letter Madonsela reportedly wrote to President Jacob Zuma last week about spending of R246m on security upgrades at his Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal homestead.

In her letter she cautioned him that he was second-guessing her recommendations that he should repay that 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 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 said Madonsela must give Parliament space to process her report.

"The NWC reaffirms the view that Parliament must be allowed to undertake its responsibility of processing all reports and conclude work referred to them," he said.

Thuto Moloi 2014/08/26 04:23:00 PM
The ANC is concerned about anyone who exposes them, and they will always try to eliminate them, remember scorpions. Pay back our Money!!!!
Bradley Liebenberg 2014/08/26 04:23:33 PM
Having a rough time are we Gwede..??? With EFF giving you gears in Parliament and Thuli on your case its becoming VERY hard to do exactly as you please.
Theo Konings 2014/08/26 04:24:00 PM
Here we go. They are going to do to her what they did to the Scorpions. Make her post toothless and lacking in all credibility.
WG Morgan 2014/08/26 04:25:04 PM
We The People are concerned about Mantashe and the ANC. Hands OFF our Madonsela!!
Joe Irwin 2014/08/26 04:25:11 PM
There is no need to be concerned, she is doing her job correctly. Something unusual for the ANC.
Mazel 2014/08/26 04:25:19 PM
Gwede is an idiot , he would say anything to protect showerhead .
Eugene Fourie 2014/08/26 04:25:22 PM
Seems like Juliaas and his bunch of hooligans will have more of an impact on this matter than the PP will...well looks like its time to fight fire with fire then..
Kallie Cronje 2014/08/26 04:25:30 PM
Mantashe,so this means Madonsella must do her job as long as the ANC can continue to commit fraud and steal.
Rocky Bell 2014/08/26 04:26:03 PM
Aggg, just're worse than a kindergarten. Eish, this CancER is bad, VERY bad.
Wonder Mthonti 2014/08/26 04:26:52 PM
It's easy for you Mantashe to remind Thuli the Constitution yet you don't remind Zuma about it.