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Madonsela hits back at ANC

The ANC publicly criticised the Public Protector for speaking at a Women’s Day event organised by the DA.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Public Protector's office has hit out at the African National Congress (ANC) over its claims that Thuli Madonsela's attendance at a Democratic Alliance (DA) Women's Day celebration could be interpreted as taking sides.

The ruling party on Friday described the Public Protector's presence at the event as "ill considered", claiming it opened her office up to perceptions of bias.

The ANC's Mathole Motshekga accused Madonsela of "rubbing shoulders" with the DA.

He said her attendance could be misconstrued as politically biased and that this behaviour threatened her responsibilities of independence and impartiality.

Madonsela's spokesperson Kgalalelo Masibi responded by stressing that her attendance at the DA's event was part of her constitutional obligation to be accessible to people and communities.

"When the Public Protector received an invitation from the DA's Women's Network to address them on a particular topic on Women's Day, she viewed it as an opportunity of allowing her to be accessible to all persons and communities."

Masibi explained the event was included in the national stakeholder consultative dialogue that Madonsela launched in July.

This included giving "special interest groups" opportunities to interact with Madonsela.