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Hostilities continue against Madonsela in Parliament

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela came under fire from African National Congress MPs.

FILE: Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela on Wednesday appealed to Members of Parliament (MPs) in the Justice Portfolio Committee to treat her office as a Constitutional body, irrespective of whether they like her or not.

Madonsela came under fire from African National Congress (ANC) members.

They berated her for not addressing their concerns and pushed for an adjournment of the meeting before she could respond to questions.

The issues they raised relate to procurement processes and the fact that her office was technically insolvent last year.

Madonsela said the hostilities began a year ago, but would not be drawn on whether it's directly because of her Nkandla report into the overspending at President Jacob Zuma's KwaZulu-Natal home.

"There is a huge elephant in the room and I think even a child can tell that there is a problem with the way we interface with Parliament in the last three transactions."

She told MPs not to betray the trust South Africans have placed in them because of their personal issues with her.

"They might choose not to like me, that's a personal choice they are making but for goodness sake, let them respect this Constitution. Let them not betray the trust the people of South Africa has given them. They have given them that trust that they would exercise honestly and genuinely in the pursuit of Constitutional democracy not to resolve personal dislikes."

Committee chairperson Mathole Motshekga on the other hand has described the meeting as robust.

Madonsela told MPs that her office needs an additional R200 million to do its work.

JAMES SELFE DEFENDS MADONSELA

The Democratic Alliance (DA) warned Motshekga that it intends bringing a motion of no confidence in him because of his treatment of Madonsela.

When the chairperson pushed to adjourn the meeting because he wasn't satisfied with her presentation, DA MP James Selfe objected.

"Do you wish to oppose the meeting? Then I oppose that motion and we should put it up to a vote. Also give notice chairperson that in the next committee meeting I will move that this committee has no confidence in you."

Madonsela said the delays caused by the bickering is a waste of taxpayers' money.

"We should shape up as Parliament, we should take these two hours because this is fruitless and wasteful expenditure, you come here and dilly dally on procedure instead of having substance."