Madonsela to request meeting with Zuma
The public protector has called for an end to political mudslinging.
PRETORIA - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela says she will be requesting a meeting with President Jacob Zuma following the latest exchange of accusations and insults over her Nkandla report.
Madonsela has called for an end to political mudslinging during a briefing in Pretoria this afternoon.
She again denied that her office leaked the letter she wrote to Zuma and said those who did leak it have interfered with the work of her office.
"If anything the actions have had the opposite of public interest by adding to a climate of mistrust and unhealthy communication."
The public protector recently sent President Jacob Zuma an ultimatum letter, demanding to know when he will be taking action over her report into upgrades at his Nkandla home.
The Nkandla upgrades came under heavy criticism in a report by Madonsela in March.
The 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.
Madonsela said her office is going through a "difficult moment" but assured South Africa that there is no crisis.
She said no problem is insurmountable.
"In my respectful view, the hysteria that has followed not only compounds the problem but is also symptomatic of more underlying problems."
The public protector also raised concerns about statements directed at her office by the ANC and the South African Communist Party.
"I am particularly concerned over statements attributed to certain individuals outside the state that seem to suggest that my office ought to be respected and presumably, its dignity upheld, only if I as a public protector behave."