Public protector 'baffled' by court battle

Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson wants Madonsela’s probe into her alleged corruption to be reviewed.

Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson. Picture: Sapa

CAPE TOWN - The Public Protector's office says it's baffled by the Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries Department's intention to take it to court.

In December, Thuli Madonsela found Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson hadn't followed proper procedures in awarding an R800 million tender for the upkeep of the country's fishing patrol vessels.

She has recommended Joemat-Pettersson face disciplinary action.

The Public Protector's spokesperson, Kgalalelo Masibi said, "The department agreed to the findings and what was contained in the report. Now, to turn around and say that the report must be taken under review is tough."

But the Agriculture Minister has denied the allegations and wants Madonsela's findings to be reviewed.