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Madonsela opens up about her Nkandla report on BBC

Speaking on BBC’s Hard Talk show, Madonsela made some of the most powerful comments to date.

FILE: Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. Picture: Christa Van der Walt/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela says the chaos in Parliament may have been avoided had her report into the controversial Nkandla upgrades been properly dealt with.

Speaking on BBC's Hard Talk show, Madonsela made some of the most powerful comments to date about how Parliament has dealt with her findings into how a quarter of a billion rand was spent on president Jacob Zuma's private home.

She's due to speak in New York City later today.

Speaking to the BBC, Madonsela says she's aware of the impact her reports have.

"Although my investigations constitute administrative scrutiny, they will have political implications because they are about whether or not the politicians who signed a pact with the people of South Africa that they were going to look after their collective power and resources, have done so."

She says she can't be blamed for the chaos that erupted in Parliament.

"With due respect, if government had done what the law requires it to do, that scuffle that happened in Parliament would never have happened."

While Madonsela's report called on Jacob Zuma to pay back some of the money spent at Nkandla other reports have cleared him.

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