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'Mandonsela is becoming a populist and thinks she is superior to the Constitution': ANC

By Sapa | Aug 26, 2014 | COMMENTS [ 37 ]

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela thinks she is above all institutions in the country, ANC deputy secretary general Jesse Duarte said on Tuesday.

Madonsela's attitude was that she was superior to the Constitution and superior to Parliament, Duarte told reporters in Johannesburg.

"We all need to work on that to be corrected because we actually need to strengthen the office of the public protector."

Duarte said the African National Congress was concerned by "a public protector who is very populist in her orientation and sometimes does not present the full picture to the public".

Duarte was responding to questions during a briefing to give feedback on a National Working Committee meeting held on Monday.

She questioned the leaks coming from Madonsela's office. Duarte said the leaks were worrying as they seemed to be calculated.

Among those was a letter Madonsela reportedly wrote to President Jacob Zuma last week about the spending of R246 million 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 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 R246 million.

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."

Madonsela said on Monday that she had reason to believe a senior ANC official had leaked her letter to the media.

Duarte questioned the manner in which the explanations for the leaks were given, but individuals not named.

"Each leak is glibly explained away. Who is that senior official who leaked the letter? There is nothing unfortunate about the leaks, they are timed and deliberate," Duarte said.

Duarte and ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe questioned the timing of the leaking of the letter and the heckling of Zuma in Parliament by members of the Economic Freedom Fighters, after the EFF asked when Zuma would pay back the Nkandla money. Proceedings had to be stopped for the day and riot police were called in.

"A leak at the same time when the EFF undermines the people of SA is too much of a coincidence," said Duarte.

Mantashe echoed the sentiments and said the issues they had both raised were the same.

"Even more curious is that some MPs claim to have seen the public protector in the Parliamentary Precinct on the same day. Without accusing anybody, the tight co-ordination of this offensive is interesting," said Mantashe.

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Optomistic

I don't believe what my eyes are reading right now. Thuli please never change and never give up on your morals. If you had to run for president - I would vote for you.

Aug 26, 2014 5:42 | 2 replies

ProudlySouthAfrican2014

Viva Thuli Viva......ANC - what are you scared of?.....Your attempts to protect our President do not impress intelligent voters.

Aug 27, 2014 7:19 | 0 replies

Mshovekahle

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela thinks she is above all institutions in the country, ANC deputy secretary general Jesse Duarte said on Tuesday xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Even Jacob Zuma thinks he is above all institutions in the coutry , He was ordered by the court to hand over so called spy tapes and he failed to do so , He has failed to accountfor Gupta landing and has failed to pay back tax payers money , Only zuma is above the constitution

Aug 27, 2014 9:17 | 0 replies

E=mc2

When are we going to shut up this communist bitch for good? She also thinks, if she protects Zuma with words, she will go places. In reality, the country will come to it's senses and will put Duarte on the same list as all the other corrupt ANC amigos. If Mandela would know what they have done to our beloved country, he would turn in his grave,cursing the day they were born.

Aug 26, 2014 6:13 | 1 replies

MthimbanaT

She's just doing her job. Why are you swearing at her? Scared that the charges of corruption against your corrupt President keep mounting?

Aug 27, 2014 9:27 | 0 replies

staalin

She is popular because she is protecting all of our, money from the marauding ANC who are abusing the position of our trust.

Aug 26, 2014 6:18 | 1 replies

Mshovekahle

She has protected us from Zuma and Malema

Aug 27, 2014 9:19 | 0 replies

maneater

Thuli you have my support mama. Mantashe fak you!

Aug 26, 2014 7:26 | 1 replies

MommaC

I second that!

Aug 26, 2014 7:35 | 0 replies

CRM083

The ANC thinks it's superior to the Constitution

Aug 26, 2014 7:34 | 0 replies

MommaC

The lovely thing about living in the modern world is that Thuli was answering every allegation, as they were made, on twitter. Jessie has lost the plot completely. When the newspaper SAYS that the document was leaked by a high up ANC member, you tend to suspect that they know where the hell they got the document from!

Aug 26, 2014 7:34 | 1 replies

Shredder

This is where you hang at night? LOL. Ja nee!!

Aug 26, 2014 8:31 | 2 replies
Aug 26, 2014 8:40 | 0 replies

MommaC

Hi Pot, this is Kettle :)
Was chatting on Facebook and checked to see what the news was saying.

Aug 27, 2014 7:4 | 1 replies

Shredder

Hahaha. You and maneater. SMH

Aug 27, 2014 7:25 | 0 replies

RobinX

Jesse Dearest. You are and have always been a complete liar and stalwart defender of an evil leader. You have never been able to look a person or camera in the eye because you lost all concept of truth and integrity years ago. So with respect, you may take your outright libelous comments and stick them up Quickzip's a$$ with my compliments. You basicallay live in there anyway. you EVIL BEACH!!

Aug 27, 2014 7:10 | 1 replies

Shredder

Liar, evil leader, Quickzip,a$$, BEACH.

All in one paragraph oom RobinX?

Aug 27, 2014 7:28 | 1 replies

RobinX

What can I say. That woman just brings out the best in me.... lol

Aug 27, 2014 7:35 | 1 replies

Shredder

Hahahahaha!!!

Aug 27, 2014 7:40 | 0 replies

ProudlySouthAfrican2014

Jesse Duarte.....when are you actually going to perform and earn your salary?.....Your record to date reflects that of a banana republic.

Aug 27, 2014 7:21 | 1 replies

RobinX

HA HA HA This is all the ridiculous woman CAN do. She is utterly useless at anything other than rolling here eyes and talking crap.

Aug 27, 2014 7:26 | 1 replies

RobinX

"her eyes" sorry....

Aug 27, 2014 7:27 | 0 replies

staalin

Thuli is looking after the peoples interests. In the same way the entire ANC looks after zumas interests. Eg the entire recent mess in parliment would probably have been averted if max sisulu was still there, but he was too neutral, with mbete trying to protect zuma interest, that was the result

Aug 27, 2014 7:24 | 0 replies

ytieduniS

ANC, mantashe and duarte must go fornicate it/themselves.

Aug 27, 2014 7:51 | 0 replies

Mazoe

Gwede "Ntshebeyebhokwe" Mantashe, yeka uThuli please.

Aug 27, 2014 8:8 | 0 replies