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Madonsela calls for an end to the chaos

Madonsela says she has no intention of turning to the courts to force Zuma to respond to her ultimatum.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela speaks during a media briefing in Pretoria on Thursday 28 August, 2014. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela says she has no intention of turning to the courts to force President Jacob Zuma to respond to her ultimatum over the controversial Nkandla report.

Madonsela also revealed during a media briefing in Pretoria this afternoon that she will be requesting a meeting with Zuma to discuss the way forward.

The public protector and her office have been under attack from the African National Congress (ANC) after a letter she wrote to the president demanding he take action over her Nkandla findings was leaked to the media.

Madonsela requested the president's response to the strongly-worded seven-page letter within 14 days and said Zuma's refusal to adhere to her recommendations could breed a culture of impunity in the state.

But 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.

Madonsela said the reason she wants to meet with the president is to find a way to work together and to calm tensions over the Nkandla report.

She said she can turn to the courts to force compliance for the recommendations she makes and in this case, she won't.

The advocate said she wants to find a way to deescalate tensions without turning to the courts.

"The hysteria and mudslinging are not the way to go. We have a great democracy with mechanisms to solve all problems within the state, without external interference."

The public protector called for the hooliganism to stop.

"Let's manage these tensions in a manner that respects these institutions beyond our lives as current actors."

She also stuck to her guns, saying the letter to Zuma was leaked by a politician who will not be named by her.

The ANC has called on Madonsela to name the person, but she said the media houses are the ones who hold the answer.

She denied that South Africa is facing a constitutional crisis.

The R246 million upgrades to Zuma's private Nkandla residence came under heavy criticism in a report released 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.

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