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Madonsela: I haven't done anything wrong

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela responds to her critics saying her conscience is clear.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has denied allegations she was becoming a law unto herself.

This follows a recent tongue lashing from some Members of Parliament (MPs) who have accused her of becoming too big for her boots.

Early this week, MPs from the Portfolio Committee on Justice and Constitutional Development said Madonsela seemed unwilling to be held accountable even though MPs were her superiors.

They were responding to Madonsela's insistence that her office derives its powers from the Constitution.

Madonsela told 567 CapeTalk that she knew what was expected of her.

"I am not refusing to account to Parliament. That's not negotiable. The accountability to Parliament is a given. I was merely offering advice to the committee on what the law provides on accountability."

Madonsela said she did not break any rules.

"Interestingly, the one Member of Parliament who was taking me to task does not want to operate according to Section 8 of the act. They want to operate on Section 9. Section 9 is a contempt provision. I would like to believe that the drafters of our laws were thinking straight when they drafted the Public Protector Act and the Constitution."

However she said her discussions about her role with MPs was helpful.

"I'm glad that this debate is happening though because people may do certain things thinking they are entitled to do those things yet they have what we call unarticulated assumptions. The discussion we had on Tuesday was helpful in that it brought those assumptions to the fore."

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