Madonsela plots next move

The Public Protector says she will not respond to the ANC until she's had a meeting with her team.

FILE: The Public Protector says she will not respond to the ANC until she's had a meeting with her team. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG/CAPE TOWN - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela says she needs time to sit down with her team and digest all that has happened this week.

After sending President Jacob Zuma an ultimatum letter relating to spending on his Nkandla home, Madonsela has been under fierce attack from the ANC and some of its allies, with fresh accusations being levelled on Wednesday.

Madonsela investigated how almost a quarter of a billion rand was spent on upgrades at Zuma's private house and ordered him to pay back some of the money.

Last night the public protector attended a Business Woman of the Year event in Sandton and spoke briefly about the Nkandla attacks.

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

"I'm not in a position to indicate what I make of anything. We'd like to reflect on this as a team and decide what to do going forward.

ANC DEMANDS MADONSELA REVEAL "LEAK"

The ANC has demanded she reveal the name of the 'senior ANC official' who allegedly leaked a letter she wrote to Zuma concerning the Nkandla scandal.

ANC Deputy Secretary General Jessie Duarte says Madonsela must reveal who she says is breaking the law.

"This corrosive sense of an ANC that doesn't play the game with fair rules is not right. If there's an ANC that doesn't play the game with fair rules, let us know."

Duarte has a direct message to Madonsela about her claim.

"Madam, you actually have a responsibility to put out the names."

Duarte says the problem is Madonsela's attitude.

"Her attitude has been that she's more superior than the Constitution and Parliament and we all need to work for that to be protected."

Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor says the ANC has a right of reply to Madonsela.

Pandor says the letter Madonsela wrote to Zuma is now in the public domain.

Responding in the National Assembly to Democratic Alliance (DA) criticism of the ruling party's stance towards Madonsela, Pandor insisted the ANC was not showing contempt for the Constitution, which protects Chapter 9 bodies

DA WEIGHS IN

DA Parliamentary Leader Mmusi Maimane says strong Chapter 9 Institutions and a robust Parliament are needed to hold corrupt leaders to account.

He used the National Assembly debate on Tuesday on South Africa's credit rating downgrade to make a point about the role of Parliament and the Public Protector in dealing with corruption.

Maimane says getting the economy back on track starts with re-invigorating the institutions that hold politicians to account.

"Parliament plays a very crucial role. What we need is a strong parliament that will give confidence in the economy, that will ensure that the executive is been held to account, that there's legislative certainty and that parliament designs law that are designed to help the country."

Despite objections from ANC benches that he wasn't sticking to the topic, Maimane was resolute.