Madonsela adamant her office didn't target Zuma

The public protector has called for an end to “viscous attacks” and “bickering” about her Nkandla findings.

FILE: Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Public protector Thuli Madonsela says her office did not target President Jacob Zuma during the investigation into how around R250 million was spent on upgrades at his private home.

Madonsela was briefing media in Pretoria earlier today, delivering the speech she hoped to make in Parliament during the sitting of the ad hoc committee on Nkandla.

She says Zuma's decision to call Police Minister Nathi Nhleko to do his own investigation into whether any money should be paid back has "no legal basis".

Madonsela has also said she's sought legal advice on whether she could challenge this and other issues in court but said she would only do so under what she calls "extreme circumstances".

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The public protector has called for an end to "viscous attacks" and "bickering" about her Nkandla findings and says her office should be treated with the same respect as other Chapter 9 institutions.

She has also denied that her office is embroiled in a "fight" with the president.

A year and a half ago, Madonsela released her report into how almost a quarter of a billion rand was spent on Zuma's private home in KwaZulu-Natal.

But she says her remedial action has not been implemented.

"The president appears to think that he is implementing my report. If that is his understanding, then the poison is at the source of what's happening, which is somehow he must have ended up with a wrong report."

Madonsela says she is disappointed and surprised that Parliament decided not to give her a chance to answer questions about her findings.

"The rule of law accordingly, does not allow anyone to edit any of the constitutionally imposed institutions out of the public accountability path."

She's also denied her report made any call for the police minister to determine how much money should be paid back.

"I have wondered what President [Nelson] Mandela would have made of these bizarre turn of events."