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Madonsela dismisses 'ridiculous' claims

The Public Protector has dismissed as ‘ridiculous’ claims she is in cahoots with some opposition parties.

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

PRETORIA - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has dismissed as 'ridiculous' claims that she is working with political opposition parties and has called on the African National Congress (ANC) to reign in people who have no respect for others.

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.

But she has now tried to deflate tensions and is appealing for the mudslinging to stop.

Madonsela says those adding to the hysteria around the work of her office must think before they talk.

"The nation knows that as Mandela's children the people were able to talk to each other, despite hands dripping in blood. Why can't we do it now?"

She laughed off claims that she is working with opposition parties.

"Isn't that accusation ridiculous? Just yesterday I was Democratic Alliance, when did I join the Economic Freedom Fighters?"

The ANC has again criticised the Public Protector for not naming the politician she suspects of leaking her letter to the president but says it will meet with her at an appropriate time.

Meanwhile, Madonsela has told EWN she cannot comment on the unfolding events in Parliament because she may at some point be asked to investigate the state's reaction.

She says she has no plans to approach the courts over the president's response to her Nkandla report but reiterates that those attacking her office must think before they speak.

"You don't throw mud at someone and remain with cleans hands."

She says there is some chaos in Parliament at the moment but declined to give her assessment.

"I could be asked to investigate whether action being taken in Parliament constitutes proper action."

The Public Protector has denied South Africa is facing a constitutional crisis.