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‘Protector’s letter could be interpreted as undermining the Parliamentary process’

By Sapa | Aug 25, 2014 | COMMENTS [ 49 ]

The ANC was concerned on Sunday by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela sending President Jacob Zuma a letter after his reply to Parliament over Madonsela's Nkandla report.

"It is the view of the ANC that the Office of the Public Protector has done its work which it referred to Parliament for further processing," spokesman Zizi Kodwa said in a statement.

"Towards this end, Parliament has established a Parliamentary Ad-hoc Committee which will refer to all reports submitted to be able to discharge its mandate."

Kodwa was responding to media reports on Sunday that Madonsela expressed concern that Zuma was second-guessing the recommendations she made in her report on Nkandla, titled "Secure in Comfort".

City Press reported that Madonsela wrote a letter to Zuma noting that in his 20-page reply to her report he did not address her findings or remedial action.

In his reply Zuma indicated Police Minister Nathi Nhleko needed to determine if he should pay back any of the R246 million spent on security upgrades at his Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal, homestead.

"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," Madonsela wrote in the letter to Zuma, according to the newspaper.

"As I have already indicated, reports of the public protector are by law not subject to any review or second-guessing by a minister and/or the Cabinet."

Her findings and remedial action could only be set aside by a court of law, she wrote.

Kodwa said the letter by the public protector could be interpreted as undermining the Parliamentary process, and its authority to process the matter.

"It does appear that while the Public Protector has submitted her report to Parliament she has no confidence in the institution and its independence as the arm of state," Kodwa said.

"With reluctance, we suspect that the Public Protector has dealt with the investigation as a personal matter outside of the Constitutional mandate of the office."

The African National Congress called on the public protector to stop playing to the gallery and respect other constitutional entities to fulfil their role without interference and undue pressure.

"We are confident that Parliament and its committees will act in the interest of public good and we do not doubt their bonafides," Kodwa said.

"The extraordinary conduct of the Public Protector raises questions about her neutrality on this matter which might undermine the credibility of her conduct or the intentions of her report."

The ANC reaffirmed its belief in Chapter Nine institutions and their role to deepen democracy and accountability of government.

"We urge the Public Protector not to undermine the role of this office by her conduct which is contradictory to her recommendations that parliament must process her report and that of the President," he said.

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Aug 25, 2014 7:12 | 1 replies

BOKKER

In the meantime the DA lawyers are getting to see the "spytapes" Juikop is in die kaaaaaaaaak

Aug 25, 2014 11:0 | 0 replies

maneater

well Mr Kodwa this is one of those times when you have to say " acording to act such and such parliament has got a right to second guess the PP or something along those lines" this thing of suspecting things and personal matters is not gonna fly. whatever the PP does if its according to the law she can play to the gallery all she wants all you have to do is use the law to respond to her or tell msholozi to PAY BACK THE MONEY!!

Aug 25, 2014 7:32 | 1 replies

ProudlySouthAfrican2014

Mr President - PAY BACK THE MONEY (and feel free to not return from Russia).

Aug 25, 2014 7:41 | 1 replies
Aug 25, 2014 4:18 | 0 replies

KatakataEmaotoAditshepe

A personal matter?aah!.Since the report has been released what the parliament has done about the matter sonny Zizi sonny,you know nothing boogeyman.

Aug 25, 2014 7:37 | 0 replies

Hosinkulu

Dear dishonourable Kodwa zuma must just pay the money and u must stop defending him.

Aug 25, 2014 7:41 | 0 replies

BOKKER

What job will Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz be able to get when people tire of his Comical Ali routine?? I worry about his future. ZUPTA WENA JUST PAY BACK THE MONEY VANDAAAG

Aug 25, 2014 7:55 | 1 replies

E=mc2

Bokker, they looking for a circus clown down the road.

Aug 25, 2014 12:38 | 0 replies

DeCock111

And you IDIOTS wonder why the EFF acts the way it does...people seriously have to be militant to fight Zuma...this chit chat wont solve anything...

Aug 25, 2014 7:56 | 1 replies

BOKKER

Malema Hey Fatman WENA YOU MUST ALSO PAY BACK THE MONEY!!!!!!!

Aug 25, 2014 7:58 | 2 replies

DeCock111

Sidenge...Malema is already paying...

Aug 25, 2014 8:36 | 2 replies

Mshovekahle

Zuma must start paying also like malema

Aug 25, 2014 8:38 | 0 replies

BOKKER

fatboy will not be allowed to pay with criminal money.

Aug 25, 2014 8:54 | 0 replies

XhosaNostra83

Excuse me , where have you been , cars, houses and a farm were seized by government Malema paid and he is still going to appear in court

Aug 27, 2014 10:5 | 0 replies
Aug 25, 2014 7:57 | 1 replies

XhosaNostra83

VIVAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA. ASIJIKI WE WANT THE MONEY

Aug 27, 2014 10:3 | 0 replies

Pointman

Zizi is another idiot who thinks we are idiots. He wants to be left alone to let his boss off the hook.

Aug 25, 2014 7:59 | 0 replies

Baboro

Parliarment established an Ad-hoc commitee, then a sub commitee will follow, and another sub sub commitee, and another sub sub sub sub sub.... stop playing games and answer to the nation, this is sick

Aug 25, 2014 8:0 | 0 replies

Realist1000

Perhaps she just wanted to get some clarity on the reply Zuma gave. Or even to query something he said. Why waste time with the ANC who are trying to cover their ASSES with delaying tactics. Good for her!

Aug 25, 2014 8:1 | 0 replies

MommaC

So, just get Zuma to make a proper reply! It is that easy. Take the points and reply to them. This has nothing to do with parliament or undermining anyone, it has to do with Zuma not giving a reply to the report. It doesn't need any committees or investigations or anything else, it simply needs our president to stand up and reply to what is said in the damn report!

Aug 25, 2014 8:14 | 1 replies

maneater

well momma the honourable chief whip Sizani ( the one with the dishonourable wife) beleives the president has properly responded to the report and adressed all points, maybe just maybe we are the ones who are uneducated to understand our complicated president. maybe we should enrol in the Tony Yengeni school to be as smart as they are!!

Aug 25, 2014 8:30 | 1 replies

MommaC

That is why Zuma hates the 'klevas' so much. We must stop thinking like 'Africans in Africa' and start thinking like amoeba. It is the only way.

Aug 25, 2014 8:36 | 0 replies