Madonsela hits back at ANCYL

It's good to scrutinise everyone’s decisions, including mine. But please, read. – Thuli Madonsela.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela enjoys a lighter moment during the Nkandla Discussion at Wits University on 20 March 2014. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has reacted to the African National Congress Youth League's (ANCYL) calls for her to resign by urging its members to do some reading.

Yesterday, the league slammed Madonsela for her report into upgrades at President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla home, calling her "media crazy" and suggesting she was in cohorts with opposition parties.

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But Madonsela said the league was allowing itself to be abused without understanding the issues surrounding the Nkandla controversy.

Madonsela spoke at the University of the Witswatersrand on Thursday afternoon during a special Eyewitness News /Wits discussion on her office's report on its investigation into President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla home.

The report found that Zuma must pay back some of the R250 million spent by government having benefitted improperly from the upgrades at his residence.

EWN's Alex Eliseev reports on the findings of the Nkandla report.

Zuma has been called on to account to Parliament and to discipline ministers implicated.

The ANCYL has accused Madonsela of being arrogant, questioning her motives in compiling the report.

But she swept aside these comments, saying the league had fallen into a trap.

"They are allowing themselves to be abused for reasons that do nothing to advance young people. Young people should hold my office accountable and everyone who exercises public power accountable."

She continued, "I really respect young people. It is good to scrutinise everyone's decisions, including mine. But please, read."

Meanwhile, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and Democratic Alliance (DA) have separately laid criminal charges against the president, calling for his removal from office.

EFF leader Julius Malema yesterday said Zuma deserved to "rot in jail" for misleading Parliament and the public.

DA Parliamentary Leader Lindiwe Mazibuko has urged South Africans to call on their MPs to help impeach Zuma.