Bizos: Don’t criticise Madonsela

The veteran human rights lawyer says critics need to respect the law and the Constitution.

FILE: Veteran human rights lawyer George Bizos (R) with struggle veteran Ahmed Kathrada at a ceremony in Johannesburg. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - With a week left for President Jacob Zuma to respond to the Nkandla report, renowned human rights lawyer George Bizos has called for an end to the criticism being levelled against Public Protector Thuli Madonsela.

In the latest attack, the ANC's Chief Whip Stone Sizani on Wednesday accused Madonsela of overstepping her boundaries and playing politics.

However, Sizani admitted he still hadn't read her full report, which he described as "that bulky thing".

[LISTEN] Madonsela's spokesperson Oupa Segalwe responds to Sizani's scathing remarks

Madonsela's report called on Zuma to pay back some of the R250 million spent on his Nkandla home.

The report also recommended the president account to Parliament by next week Wednesday.

Zuma was found to have breached the executive ethics code and unduly benefitted from the upgrades.

Bizos appealed for all involved in the saga to respect both the law and the Constitution.

"There are further steps to be taken - let them be taken. Don't criticise her."

The advocate and friend of late former president Nelson Mandela also criticised recent comments made by youth organisations.

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

The week since the report was released has seen calls for the president to be impeached and for him to resign.

Zuma has remained silent, with his office saying the report was still being carefully studied.

The ruling party and its affiliate groups have defended Zuma, hinting at a possible legal challenge, while opposition parties have laid criminal charges against him.

Police have confirmed that separate charges laid by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and Democratic Alliance (DA) are now being investigated.

Click here to view the full Nkandla report.

Nkandla Report word cloud showing the most prominent words from the document.