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Motshekga: Madonsela is a law unto herself

Mathole Motshekga says Thuli Madonsela disrespected a court decision by questioning it in a public meeting.

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

CAPE TOWN - The chairperson of Parliament's Committee for Justice and Correctional Services, Mathole Motshekga, on Wednesday said Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has become a law unto herself.

Motshekga said Madonsela's presentation for additional funds made in Parliament displayed a lack of understanding of her mandate.

African National Congress (ANC) members of Parliament 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.

Motshekga said Madonsela delivered a "political" lecture instead of addressing issues of importance to Parliament.

He said Parliament and the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) had already ruled that Madonsela's recommendations are not binding and she has disrespected those decisions by questioning them in public.

"The Public Protector is very disrespectful of [the SCA judge], she addresses a public meeting and said his judgment was cut and paste. She is a person who doesn't even have the authority to investigate court decisions so she has become a law unto herself."

[LISTEN] Mathole Motshekga and Thuli Madonsela have their say

Madonsela earlier appealed to MPs to treat her office as a constitutional body, irrespective of whether they like her or not.

She said the hostilities began a year ago, but would not be drawn on whether it was 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 interfaced with Parliament in the last three transactions."