ANC chief whip lashes Madonsela

Stone Sizani says the protector overstepped the mark & referred to the Nkandla report as "that bulky thing”.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela releases her Nkandla findings during a press conference in Pretoria on 19 March 2014. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The ANC in Parliament on Wednesday launched a blistering attack on Public Protector Thuli Madonsela over her Nkandla findings.

The attack comes exactly a week after the protector released her final report on upgrades made to President Jacob Zuma's private KwaZulu-Natal home.

She found the president unduly benefited from almost R250 million upgrades.

Madonsela ordered Zuma account to Parliament, discipline his ministers and pay back a portion of the money spent on upgrades not linked to security.

ANC Chief Whip Stone Sizani on Wednesday held a briefing in Parliament where he referred to the report as "that bulky thing".

He accused Madonsela of overstepping the mark as head of an independent chapter nine institution.

Sizani said the protector was disdainful of the interministerial task team which probed Nkandla, spoke condescendingly of Parliament and tried to tell the ANC what to do at its National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting.

"All these remarks contain political overtones that are unacceptable coming from the head of an independent chapter nine institution. By making such disparaging remarks against two arms of the state, we strongly believe she has overstepped her mark."

Meanwhile, the public protector's spokesperson Oupa Segalwe responded to Sizani's comments.

He said Madonsela stands by her statements that the interministerial task team's report can't be compared with her report because "the report of that committee is a result of an investigation that was conducted by a committee of officials appointed by a minister whose department's conduct was in question."

WILL ZUMA MEET HIS DEADLINE?

As of today, Zuma has exactly a week to account to Parliament following Madonsela's damning report.

While the protector's report set a clear deadline, there's no indication yet as to whether it will be met by the president.

Zuma's office says the report is being studied, while both the security cluster and the ANC have asked for time to process the 430-page document.

The key question is whether an attempt will be made to have Madonsela's report reviewed by a court.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa already alluded to "inaccuracies" in the document.

The ANC's NEC is due to meet this weekend, having already said that only a legal process can settle the differences between Madonsela's findings and those of an interministerial task team.

Meanwhile, police have confirmed that criminal charges laid against Zuma by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and Democratic Alliance(DA) are now being investigated.

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