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Madonsela must do her job: Mantashe

By Sapa | 2014-08-27 09:19:14.0 | COMMENTS [ 62 ]

The ANC does not want to see Public Protector Thuli Madonsela vacate her office before the end of her term but she must do her job correctly, party secretary general Gwede Mantashe said on Tuesday.

"We don't want to remove the public protector, we want the public protector to do her work correctly and behave correctly," Mantashe told reporters in Johannesburg.

"We have no interest in removing her. She must finish her term but she must not abuse that term."

Mantashe said there was a sense that Madonsela was abusing her office and was always trying to get the attention of the media by saying things that were not in any report or being investigated anywhere.

"That is what we are talking about. That is why we are not attacking the public protector or her office but we are attacking the behaviour that is wrong," he said.

Mantashe then turned his attention to the leaking to the media of Madonsela's reports. He said the leaks could not be attributed to divisions within the ANC.

The statement follows Madonsela's claim that a letter she had written to President Jacob Zuma was leaked by a senior ANC official to the media.

Madonsela reportedly wrote to Zuma last week about the spending of R246 million on security upgrades at his Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal homestead.

In her letter, she cautioned Zuma 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 leaked her letter to the media.

Mantashe countered: "The office of the public protector leaks every report she writes and blames that on the divisions within the ANC."

Mantashe said it had become the norm that all public protector reports would be leaked to the media before she had even released them.

"I know that every report she has been involved in... I'm going to read about it in the newspaper before it is released.

"That can never be because of divisions in the ANC. We deal with our own divisions but the public protector's office must be watertight. You can't leak information and blame the ANC divisions," he said.

Mantashe and his deputy Jesse Duarte continued hammering the issue of leaks and 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 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 called on Madonsela not to get involved in politics and to stop behaving like a political institution.

He said the public protector should get out of the political space and leave political parties to sort themselves out.

Madonsela then took to twitter to defend herself against the barrage of attacks by the pair. She stood her ground and questioned how accountability was weakening democracy.

"Can someone please say how exactly is the deepening of accountability a weakening of parliamentary democracy... Let's face th truth. What's embarrassing the country is attempts to subvert the rule of law & not administrative scrutiny [sic]," she said.

Madonsela said if everyone respected the Constitution and the law, there would be no crisis in the country.

She said politicians should stop interfering with her work.

"Administrative scrutiny is a reality if our constitutional democracy. It's not a political exercise & Politicians should stop interfering [sic]," she tweeted.

Madonsela said the country was in trouble when politicians meddled in the investigation processes, leaked documents then cried foul.

The EFF on Tuesday denied any link to the leaking of the letter and their heckling of Zuma.

Spokesman Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said the ANC was trying to detract attention from the Nkandla issue.

"The ANC has lost the public relations war and now they have to concoct a story to defer the issue that is on the table, which is Nkandla," he said.

Ndlozi accused Zuma of being the one who leaked the document to the media.

"If there is anyone with a history of leaking information it is Jacob Zuma to distract the public's attention as we saw with the Mzilikazi [waAfrika] story," he said.

In his book, waAfrika claims that Zuma leaked information about Bulelani Ngcuka being a former apartheid spy.

Ndlozi called on the ANC to stop attacking Madonsela's office.

"We condemn in the strongest way the continuing intimidation and war that has been declared on the public protector," he said.


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The ANC needs to take a long hard look in the mirror.....

2014-08-27 09:24:45.0 | 1 replies


Nah. The mirror will crack.

2014-08-27 10:06:37.0 | 0 replies


You are right but what should the ANC do? Prevent her from doing her job. You are a two faced goat Mantashe.

2014-08-27 09:27:21.0 | 1 replies


That man makes me loose appetite.

2014-08-27 10:15:51.0 | 0 replies


"That can never be because of divisions in the ANC. We deal with our own divisions but the public protector's office must be watertight ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ OH then Mr Mantashe you are confiming that there is a division in the ANC? nice to know baba.

2014-08-27 09:29:04.0 | 0 replies


Mantashe should do his job! The president should do his job! The entire cabinet should do their jobs! Thuli is the ONLY one who is actually DOING her job!

2014-08-27 09:30:42.0 | 2 replies


True Momma, Thuli is working so hard.

2014-08-27 09:33:18.0 | 1 replies


she is working hard to discredit ANC cadres

2014-08-27 14:10:47.0 | 0 replies


The motto of corrupt incompetent ANC officials is point fingers at those who are doing their duties without compromise. Actually in anc a hard worker is someone who protect/love Zuma and accuse those who are against him.

2014-08-27 10:23:02.0 | 0 replies


hahahahahe, what an amazing advise Gwede - pass the same message to your BOSS.....

2014-08-27 09:33:02.0 | 0 replies


Gwede, you stupid old goat. HA HA HA HAHA She IS doing her job, you skaap. Too well for your liking.

2014-08-27 09:34:59.0 | 1 replies


Aha! Typical pro DA with his unorthodox views

2014-08-27 09:59:04.0 | 1 replies


And typical slow-learning a$$hole who can't get it into his stupid head that I do not support the DA.

2014-08-27 10:07:23.0 | 1 replies


It is only racist like you who belongs to the DA and that other racist Afrikaner s party

2014-08-27 10:16:11.0 | 2 replies


You bored again, VendaLouLou?

2014-08-27 10:17:33.0 | 1 replies


Yah eish.....I miss OldLady :(

2014-08-27 14:37:04.0 | 0 replies


Whatever. If you insist. Who am I to be rational.

2014-08-27 10:22:14.0 | 0 replies


"We have no interest in removing her. She must finish her term but she must not abuse that term." The peoples of SA are so interested in removing your boss before he finish his term..give this message to him you bloody goat

2014-08-27 09:36:21.0 | 1 replies



2014-08-27 09:41:48.0 | 0 replies


Goat Mantashe, leave Thuli alone, and shut up so that she can carry on doing her job. Go drink some sorghum beer. You are distracting her.

2014-08-27 09:53:27.0 | 0 replies


Papa1# Who is the boss you are referring to?

2014-08-27 09:58:01.0 | 0 replies



2014-08-27 09:59:38.0 | 0 replies


XhosaNostra. I don't agree with you that the ANC interferes with the work of the PP, instead I think the PP is one of the people who are paid by imperialist to try and remove the ANC from power. I saw her in a DA rally in 2012 and I lost respect for that office.

2014-08-27 10:05:05.0 | 4 replies


Go stick your head back in the sand

2014-08-27 10:06:16.0 | 0 replies


HA HA HA HA What imperialists. Consider a career in stand-up comedy. And by the way, did you orgasm when you saw her at ANC functions? Moron.

2014-08-27 10:09:19.0 | 1 replies


Lol @ orgasm, I think both of you need to consider stand up comedian career

2014-08-27 10:27:36.0 | 0 replies


Thuli went to a Women's Day event in the Western Cape. The DA are in charge of the Western Cape. Which part of that confuses you? When Thuli went to the Sharpville Event in Gauteng, did you think she was at an ANC rally? Stop peddling lies!

2014-08-27 10:19:48.0 | 1 replies


ja Momma, Ndokza is a typical stupid ANC agent, same as when they go to union buildings for freedom day, they were ANC T shirts as if they are going to their rally, they get dry brown bread, quarter chicken and an apple then they will shout ANC iyasebenza, black people though

2014-08-27 10:31:56.0 | 0 replies


I will never VOTE for the ANC as long as Zuma is still our President. Since Zuma took over there has been riots, economy drops daily, unemployment rate is sky high, why Mr Thabo Mbeki did a good job compared to Zuma. Hve you ever heard of any president who was accused of RAPE, CORRUPTION like him , name that country please I will buy you 10 walking cows.

2014-08-28 16:46:40.0 | 0 replies