Cronin: Madonsela should let parly do its job

Johannesburg - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela should let parliamentary processes on Nkandla take place, the SACP said on Sunday.

"As all democratic institutions need to respect each other, we need to urge the public protector to respect her own report," SA Communist Party deputy general secretary Jeremy Cronin said.

The party was briefing reporters in Johannesburg following its three-day central committee meeting.

Cronin was reacting to a letter Madonsela wrote to Zuma in which she expressed concern that Zuma was second-guessing the recommendations she made in her report, titled "Secure in Comfort".

In his reply to Madonsela's report, President Jacob Zuma indicated Police Minister Nathi Nhleko needed to determine if he should pay back any of the R246m spent on security upgrades at his Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal, homestead.

Madonsela had recommended he repay those expenses that were not security related, such as the swimming pool, cattle kraal, and amphitheatre.

In her letter Madonsela expressed concern that Zuma was second-guessing her recommendations and giving Nhleko powers he did not have.

Cronin said Madonsela's letter to Zuma contradicted her previous statements that the matter was currently in the hands of Parliament.

SACP secretary general Blade Nzimande said processes should be respected.

"It is very important to respect processes. The public protector clearly contradicts her own report. Whether there should be payment or not, that should be determined by the processes in place," Nzimande said.

The party did not have issues with Madonsela, but was concerned about her conduct.

"She has crossed boundaries she's not supposed to cross. She must protect the integrity of her office," he said.

Party chairperson Thulas Nxesi said Madonsela wrote to Zuma despite previously indicating she was not interested in talking to him about the report, and that it would be submitted to Parliament.

"There are processes in Parliament. All of us have made submissions on the report in Parliament... processes must be followed," he said.

Gerhard Labuschagne 2014-08-24 05:38:44 PM
Rather tell Zuma to respect her report.
Chris May 2014-08-24 05:38:58 PM
If the process in parliament is broken, Thuli has no choice but to raise a red flag in order to maintain the integrity of protecting the public.
Kauthar Ken Patrick 2014-08-24 05:43:33 PM
Just shut up cronin.
Akhenaten 2014-08-24 05:49:41 PM
No the law should take it's course as happens with crime. Arrest him and take him to court.
Petrus Kruger 2014-08-24 05:52:16 PM
PAY BACK THE MONEY !!!! STOP SNORTING CRONIN AND NZIMANDE .. YOU ARE QUICK TO HIDE BEHIND PROCEDURE AND POLICY WHEN IT SUITS YOU COMMUNISTS! OTHERWISE YOU HAVE A PRETTY NICE APRECIATION FOR THE BENEFITS OF WESTERN CAPITALISTS!!
Jane Dawson 2014-08-24 05:58:54 PM
Mr Cronin, with the greatest respect, do you honestly think that Parliamentary processes will be democratic, when the leader of the house is so clearly biased towards the leading party. I think not, and I am an impartial onlooker, not being an SA citizen, unable to vote, but an SA resident
Lefenki Choenyane 2014-08-24 06:00:15 PM
Cronin please also tell zuma to respect the PP as democratic institution by responding to its report as ordered. Blade you shut up
Wotnext 2014-08-24 06:02:56 PM
Don't you just love being lectured on democracy by a communist? Cronin is so thick he doesn't even see the irony.
Lucas Mafenuka 2014-08-24 06:04:12 PM
the sacp is dying while you waste time defending this thief, you dont help him either bt harming him as he will think hes got it all
Lefenki Choenyane 2014-08-24 06:08:39 PM
Capitalists are hiding themselves behind the communist title, that blade and cronin