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Let Madonsela do her work: Tutu

By Sapa | Aug 29, 2014 | COMMENTS [ 36 ]

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and Reverend Mpho Tutu on Thursday appealed for Public Protector Thuli Madonsela to be left alone to do her work.

"Maligning the public protector besmirches not only the ruling party, but the entire country. We are proud that South Africa has an Office of the Public Protector," the Nobel Peace Prize winner and his daughter said in a joint statement.

"The contempt being shown to the public protector by the ruling party underlines the slippery moral slope South Africa has descended since the days of hope and promise under President Nelson Mandela."

Madonsela and the African National Congress have been locked in a war of words following the leaking of a letter she had written to President Jacob Zuma over his response to her report on the upgrades to his Nkandla home.

In her letter she reportedly cautioned him that he was second-guessing her recommendations that he 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 Madonsela's report on Nkandla, Zuma indicated that Police Minister Nathi Nhleko should determine if he should repay any of the money.

The Tutus said the creation of a public protector in the new South Africa reflected the country's evolutionary progress as a nation.

South Africa now had a public protector whose job it was to investigate any conduct in state affairs or the public administration where impropriety or prejudice was suspected or alleged.

"Accountability is not just a word. It is a foundation stone for good leadership, responsibility, trust, justice and respect," they said.

When Mandela was called to appear before the Pretoria High Court to defend a decision to investigate alleged graft and racism in South African rugby, many people thought he would fend off the summons on technical grounds.

"But he chose to appear in court to demonstrate his accountability to the rule of law and administration of justice.

"If the ruling party has issues with the process the public protector has followed in respect of the investigation into the hideous public spending on improvements to President Zuma's accommodation in Nkandla, or with the findings, its obligation is to approach the courts for a remedy," they said.

The pair applauded Madonsela's courage and called her a woman of integrity who served her country without fear or favour.

"We, humbly, suggest that all South Africans take pride in a job well done, and let Thuli Madonsela get on with her work."

COMMENTS [ 36 ]

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staalin

Yes let her do her work, especially when it comes to chamelion eyes. Her role is there for a very specific reason. Corrupt politicians, we still want to know what the story is in CAR.

Aug 29, 2014 7:25 | 1 replies

Mshovekahle

Thuli for President

Aug 29, 2014 8:31 | 1 replies

Dandan

umzulu moss usuyabathanda amazulu

Aug 29, 2014 9:24 | 0 replies

seg1984

Yah, daz true........The office of public ptrotector should work freely and do itz work.......The ANC want to control the public protector and they want her to protect them instead of the public......it also looks like after 2019,they wont appoint her to continue with that post cost she exposed them a lot

Aug 29, 2014 7:55 | 0 replies

kakadenamanje

Madala please shut up we all know that you like publicity.

Aug 29, 2014 7:59 | 3 replies

MrMonaP

He is two faced I have lost respect for him

Aug 29, 2014 8:3 | 1 replies

Mshovekahle

This a man of moral , I am not suprised you have lost respect for him because you are respecting immoral people like your president

Aug 29, 2014 8:33 | 0 replies

MommaC

Are you really that young and ignorant about the huge debt that we owe Bish Tutu? You don't have to agree with him but being rude is not necessary. I very much doubt your mother brought you up like this.

Aug 29, 2014 8:6 | 0 replies

BOKKER

The usual gormless jeering from the Sot Brigade. Speak out Arch. Speak out. Maybe you could also look into getting some vandermerwes into bafana. Their Dutch soccer heritage is required.

Aug 29, 2014 8:15 | 0 replies

VENDALIOUS

Tutu when are you going to retire from the public life? Don't you have grandchildrens to look after

Aug 29, 2014 8:12 | 2 replies

BOKKER

Havent you got some other place to go look for friends??? We know you are paid to lie around here but its not working out is it. LOL@ VendaLoner

Aug 29, 2014 8:17 | 0 replies

Mshovekahle

Zuma must resign first then he will retire

Aug 29, 2014 8:34 | 0 replies

Tabeya

Nam ndiyatsho, makayekwe u Mam Thuli ayenze umsebenzi wakhe. We are tired of these ANC members who are shielded from their dirty deeds. No, ha ke utlwisise hore ke hobaneng ba sa mo fe monyetla a etse mosebetsi wa hae ntle le tshitiso.

Aug 29, 2014 8:12 | 1 replies

Mshovekahle

Wayibetha wayibetha nangesesotho kodwa makayekwe enze umsebenzi wakhe

Aug 29, 2014 8:35 | 0 replies

Socrates

She must be allowed to do her job and this is at the risk of her ANC membership-haai but i don't many people being proud to carry the card, the movement bhas degenerated into oblivion. with vultures and hyenas ready to pounce on the last remaining carcass.

Aug 29, 2014 8:23 | 0 replies

Bulalibhulu300years

What is this bloody satanist and a sellout Tutu saying?

Aug 29, 2014 8:25 | 3 replies

Pointman

You should request him to publish his statements in two verions - one for normal adults and one for 6 year olds.

Aug 29, 2014 8:28 | 0 replies

MommaC

Are you bunking school or were you dropped on your head as a child?

Aug 29, 2014 8:34 | 0 replies

Legion

MommaC; do you even have to ask that question? Will it be comprehended?

Aug 29, 2014 9:15 | 0 replies

Pointman

Whe the retired arch has to come out of retirement and start defending our democracy then you know we are in deep trouble. Zuma has a rotten touch - to protect his backside he is demolishing everything people like the arch fought for. Shameful

Aug 29, 2014 8:27 | 1 replies

ChicksNavigator

I hope my bishop doesn't experience buglary again.

Aug 29, 2014 8:42 | 0 replies

Hutton

i like this guy

Aug 29, 2014 8:27 | 2 replies

Legion

He is a man you can miss his opinion.

Aug 29, 2014 9:29 | 0 replies

VENDALIOUS

Does he also reminds you of your father too? Just asking

Aug 29, 2014 9:43 | 1 replies

Hutton

konje uyisilima

Aug 29, 2014 12:9 | 0 replies

Mshovekahle

The pair applauded Madonsela's courage and called her a woman of integrity who served her country without fear or favour

Aug 29, 2014 8:27 | 1 replies

Mshovekahle

Well said nyawontle

Aug 29, 2014 8:28 | 0 replies

Pointman

The arch showed the same courage and fearlessness when he was leading the charge against apartheid so he knows what the protector is enduring.

Aug 29, 2014 8:30 | 0 replies