ANC 'scolds' youth league for Madonsela attack

The ANC Youth League attacked Thuli Madonsela following the release of her Nkandla report.

Jackson Mthembu . Picture: SAPA.

JOHANNESBURG - The ANC has reprimanded the party's youth league for its attack on Public Protector Thuli Madonsela following the release of her damning Nkandla report.

Madonsela found that President Jacob Zuma benefitted unduly from the R250 million upgrades at his home and must account to Parliament and pay back some of the money spent.

The youth league called for Madonsela to resign, a call she rejected with a warning that the organisation was allowing itself to be abused.

Both the ANC Youth League and student movement Congress of South African Students (COSAS) have been summoned to explain their comments to ANC heavyweight Gwede Mantashe.

The ruling party's Jackson Mthembu says, "We therefore do not believe that it is correct that any of our structures or any of our members insult any person of the office."

Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula added that the attack on Madonsela was also sexist and would not have happened if she was a man.

Meanwhile, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says the ANC will ignore calls from political parties for the president to resign following the Nkandla report.

With political pressure mounting for the president to be axed, Motshekga says this was just an attempt to divert the ruling party's away from the upcoming elections.

"It's a distraction which we won't even pay attention to. We are going ahead, we're campaigning and we refuse to be disrupted."

Several opposition parties have called for the president to be recalled and to be charged.

The Democratic Alliance and the Economic Freedom Fighters have opened a criminal case against Zuma.

Meanwhile, Zuma is expected to face the ANC's National Executive Committee (NEC) for the first time this week, after the release of the Nkandla report.