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ANC calls on Madonsela to name 'letter leaker'

The party said Madonsela shouldn't hide her unethical behaviour behind what she claims is constitutionalism.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) has again called on Public Protector Thuli Madonsela to identify the person she claims is a senior ANC leader that leaked her Nkandla letter to President Jacob Zuma.

On Twitter this afternoon, the party said Madonsela shouldn't hide her unethical behaviour behind what she claims is constitutionalism.

Madonsela sent president Zuma a strongly-worded seven-page letter demanding to know when he will pay back some of the money spent on upgrades at his private Nkandla home in KwaZulu-Natal and requested his response within 14 days.

The public protector said Zuma's refusal to adhere to her recommendations could breed a culture of impunity in the state.

The ANC says the advocate's letter undermines Parliament because it claims Zuma did not comply with her Nkandla report when parliament hasn't yet made a determination.

Meanwhile, Archbishop Thabo Makgoba says all the players in this drama need to behave in the best interests of the Constitution and the country.

"We need to be magnanimous when dealing with the scandal so the president needs to be clear and build trust in the country."

Earlier, Madonsela said she needs time to sit down with her team and digest all that has happened this week.

Last night, she attended the Businesswoman of the Year event in Sandton and spoke briefly about the Nkandla attacks.

She said she's not going to respond to the party until she's had a meeting with her team.

The Nkandla upgrades came under heavy criticism in a report by Madonsela in March. Madonsela's report said Zuma had "benefited unduly" from some of the upgrades, which included a cattle enclosure and amphitheatre, and should pay back some of the costs of the unnecessary renovations.

Zuma responded to the interministerial task team and the Special Investigating Unit's reports on the security upgrades, but did not address a call from Madonsela to return some of the money.