Madonsela challenges ANC

Thuli Madonsela has challenged the ANC to back up its accusations against her with facts.

Thuli Madonsela. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has challenged the African National Congress (ANC) to back up some its accusations with facts, particularly claims that she has embarked on international road shows to bad-mouth South Africa.

She has been accused of being biased and of undermining Parliament.

But Madonsela has called on those making these and other claims, to prove them.

"I just want Mr [Gwede] Mantashe to please, please tell the nation everything I have said, I have backed with facts. Can they please back what they are saying with facts?"

On Thursday Madonsela revealed she will request a meeting with President Jacob Zuma to discuss the way forward in relation to her Nkandla report.

The Public Protector and her office have been under attack since a letter she wrote to Zuma giving him an ultimatum to respond to the findings she made in her report, which was also leaked to the media.

Speaking to Redi Tlhabi on Talk Radio 702 this morning, Madonsela said it was appropriate for her to write to the president.

"All I was doing in taking appropriate remedial action in this particular case, was to point out to the president that we are still waiting for his comments on my report, the comments which he himself had promised in his letter to Parliament, copied to myself by his office, that he was going to provide it in his next correspondence to Parliament, which was going to come after he had received the Special Investigating Unit (SIU)'s report."

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Another accusation, also from the ruling party, suggests that by writing the letter to Zuma, the Public Protector isn't allowing other entities to do their investigations into the president and Nkandla.

The ANC says the Public Protector's Nkandla report is already before Parliament but Madonsela says it is not.

"Let's interrogate that logically; if the people are saying that I should let go because my matter is before Parliament, my matter is not before Parliament."

There have been suggestions that perhaps in pursuing Zuma the Public Protector has made the Nkandla debacle her personal project.

But Madonsela says she is not picking on the president.

"If anything, we have been a little more circumspect in dealing with the president."

She says, "If there is anybody who is changing the rules every day, it is certainly not me and it is certainly not my office. We have been consistent in how we follow up on remedial action, we have been consistent in how we read the Constitution and in how we apply the executive members' ethics act."

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