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Madonsela: My integrity under attack

Madonsela will approach Parliament about what she regards as ongoing attacks on her integrity.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela says she will approach Parliament about what she regards as ongoing attacks on her integrity and her office by political parties and other groups.

Madonsela claims there have been several attempts at delegitimising her office.

She says she will seek Parliament's advice on how to respond.

"I'm getting more noise around my own integrity and being called the agent of this other party. I'm worried about that and it's something I'd like to take to Parliament."

CWU CALLS FOR MADONSELA'S RESIGNATION

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) has called for Madonsela to resign following the release of her report into maladministration and corruption at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).

Last Monday, Madonsela revealed damning findings following a probe into maladministration at the corporation.

But in a press briefing entitled The Hlaudi Motsoeneng Coalition, the union dismissed the findings and claimed Madonsela's investigations were subjective.

Madonsela says the latest call is part of an ongoing attempt to discredit her office.

"Until recently, the reports were received with respect for the office and respect for the Constitution, but over the last 18 months, I have seen the development of a worrying trend where there have been attempts to deligitimise my office."

Commenting specifically on the SABC, Madonsela suggests external factors may be influencing the broadcaster's reaction.

"The problem is bigger than the SABC."

It's now up to the SABC board to decide whether or not to accept the public protector's recommendations.

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