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Nkandla ConCourt case described as ‘non-adversarial’

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela says yesterday’s proceedings were ‘informed’, ‘rational’ & ‘non-adversarial’.

Public Protector Advocate Thuli Madonsela attended proceedings over the extent of her office's powers in the Nkandla matter at the Constitutional Court in Johannesburg on 09 February 2016. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.
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JOHANNESBURG – Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has told Eyewitness News she felt a sense of relief listening to arguments in the Constitutional Court and has described yesterday's proceedings as ‘informed’, ‘rational’ and ‘non-adversarial’. 

The highest court in the land heard a case revolving around President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla home in KwaZulu-Natal and has now reserved judgment. 

During the hearing Zuma's lawyers made several concessions, describing the Public Protector's powers as binding and dismissing other parallel processes which had been initiated in Parliament. 

Madonsela used the word ‘awesome’ to describe what it was like to sit in on the case. 

“I was always hopeful that it would happen. As you recall, every time I was interviewed I would always say that there’s always an opportunity to do the right thing and yesterday that kind of hope, that kind of change in human beings that they would do the right thing, you know.”


The Public Protector has told EWN she believes that for the most part the dispute around the powers of her office has been settled. 

The dramatic concessions yesterday follow two years of controversy and uncertainty. 

Madonsela says she's pleased there is now clarity.

“There are still things I do not want to pre-empt. But the court will have to sort them out. It seems a representative from Parliament appeared to be saying that Parliament is above the law.”

Meanwhile, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema says the African National Congress (ANC) must recall Zuma if it’s found that he breached the Constitution, and save South Africans the trouble of calling for his impeachment. 

Malema says if Zuma is found to have violated the Constitution, he will no longer be fit to lead the country and voters will have to take matters into their own hands.

“We leave it in the hands of the voters. We are just in a struggle to have society do the right thing. We’re saying to the ruling party, here is an opportunity for you to self-correct and if they don’t want to, society will make a decision.” 

WATCH: Malema: This is the beginning of the end for Zuma

To read the Public Protector's full report on spending at Nkandla, click here.

To read the letter from the Constitutional Court, click here

(Edited by Tamsin Wort)

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