Madonsela: Govt takes most recommendations

The public protector says the Presidency and government usually comply with her recommendations.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela says the president and government act on her recommendations 99 percent of the time. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela says perceptions that the Presidency doesn't implement the actions she recommends can't be further from the truth.

She told the Public Relations Institute of Southern Africa this afternoon that, in almost all cases, the Presidency and government as a whole have complied with her recommendations.

Madonsela said in 99 percent of the cases where she finds maladministration, the government department concerned is redressed without any fuss.

She said when it comes to the Presidency, there are only about three reports which she is still waiting for the president to act on after five years in her post.

Madonsela also pointed to several reports she issued where Zuma has taken action.

The public protector also said she feels South Africans don't always take enough credit for having created the constitutional institutions that are part of their democracy.

When it comes to her Nkandla report, she said, the president's report to Parliament did comply with her requirement that he respond within 14 days.

The report, released in March, said the upgrades to Zuma's KwaZulu-Natal home cost around R246 million and that the president and his family unduly benefited from them.