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Zuma lashes out at Madonsela - Report

The president has reportedly rebuked Thuli Madonsela, saying he finds her criticism unfair.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma has reportedly lashed out at public protector Thuli Madonsela, accusing her of disrespecting the police minister and undermining Parliament.

The Sunday Times is reporting that Madonsela responded to Zuma's criticism of her, drawing attention to what she calls an altered Nkandla report, where Zuma asked police minister Nathi Nhleko to determine whether he should repay some of the R246 million spent on the homestead.

The paper says that in a letter, the president rebuked Madonsela, saying he found her criticism and innuendo unfair and warranted because a police minister is a member of Cabinet.

It says Zuma further accused Madonsela of interfering with the work of Parliament, suggesting that she allow Members of Parliament (MPs) to proceed with their work.

Zuma was responding to a letter that Madonsela had written to him which apparently detailed inaccuracies, incomplete information and innuendos in Nhleko's report released in May.

Madonsela said on Saturday that Nhleko's findings were not based on any of her reports.

The public protector approached the ad hoc committee on Nkandla but was declined permission to address it.

She is expected to hold a media briefing on Monday.