ANC: Madonsela must reveal 'leak'

The ANC has slammed Madonsela for refusing to name the party member she claims leaked her letter.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) says it's completely preposterous for Public Protector Thuli Madonsela to claim a senior ANC leader leaked her Nkandla letter to President Jacob Zuma and then to refuse to name that person.

The Public Protector on Monday said she had been told in confidence that it was an ANC leader who leaked her seven-page letter to Zuma in which she told him he had not complied with her findings about his Nkandla homestead.

The ANC's Zizi Kodwa says they have one demand for the Public Protector.

"We call on her to reveal the name of the person. Otherwise her claim will remain preposterous and outrageous."

The ruling party also claims Madonsela may be leaking documents in order to gauge public opinion before making the final findings.

But Madonsela's office has denied being behind the leak and says she did not intend to undermine Parliament in any way through writing the letter to Zuma.

Meanwhile Madonsela's spokesperson Kgalalelo Masibi has confirmed they believe she does have the power to take the president to court if Parliament doesn't force him to comply with her recommendations.

"If she decides that she wants to take the matter to court, if she believes that there is non-compliance or there is no intention of immediate action, she could do that."


And as the ANC calls on Madonsela to reveal the person who leaked her letter, the Public Protector's office has tweeted, 'The ANC could tell a lie many times but that wouldn't make it the truth.'

@MyANC_ you may tell a lie many times it will not turn into truth. The truth is your member leaked the letter. That's sad and dishonest.

Despite the angry words Kodwa says Luthuli House is not at war with the Public Protector.

"We must make sure that we help her too. We're not at war with her; we're at war with her conduct."

Meanwhile Sunday Times journalist Mzilikazi wa Afrika also joined the Twitter conversation, saying Madonsela hadn't leaked the Zuma letter to him.

Corruption Watch chairperson and former Anglican Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane has also defended the Public Protector.

Ndungane says the ANC needs to think carefully about how it handles this issue.

"Sometimes the truth is too bitter to swallow and I think that they must rise above their own personal agendas and look to the goof of South Africa, just as Madiba did."