ANC: Madonsela is not under attack

The party hit back after claims that her office has been subjected to attacks by politicians.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela delivering the speech she hoped to make in Parliament during the sitting of the ad hoc committee on Nkandla on 3 August 2015. Picture: Alex Eliseev/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) in Parliament has hit back at Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's claim that her office has been subjected to vitriolic attacks from politicians since the release of her Nkandla report.

The Public Protector on Monday delivered the speech she had hoped to give in Parliament, responding to critics of her Nkandla report.

She said she stands by her findings into how almost R250 million was spent on the private home of President Jacob Zuma.

Madonsela said decisions to review her report have no legal basis but she is not the one to lead a contempt battle to court.

"If the people of South Africa feel that the Constitution is being trampled on, let the people do something about it."

The Public Protector said she's yet to see a shred of evidence that her report is flawed.

"We've never said, for example, that a swimming pool would never extinguish fire; a swimming pool is water so I am sure that even a child would know that."

She said the real issue is the money that was spent.

Madonsela has also warned a defiance against her office is growing.

WATCH: Public protector Thuli Madonsela called a media briefing at her offices in Pretoria to set the record straight on the Nkandla report.

The Public Protector said until there's legal clarity about the power her office holds, going to court to enforce her Nkandla findings could be difficult.

Madonsela said she stands by her findings.

"Somebody has to still persuade me what part of that report is unsound."

She also issued a warning about the continued attacks on her office, saying it's up to South Africans to defend it.

"My team and I are concerned that safety of an office such as ours is meant to provide by giving a voice to people and better ears to government is being eroded."

The Public Protector said she'd only go to court under, what she deemed, extreme circumstances, but has revealed she's sought some legal advice.

Meanwhile, ANC Members of Parliament (MPs) have accused Madonsela of misleading the country with her report.

But spokesperson for the ANC Chief Whip, Moloto Mothapo said the Public Protector is not under attack.

"From time to time, when reports of this nature are being robustly debated in Parliament, there will be some disagreement and criticism but they should not be regarded as vicious attacks, as the Public Protector has claimed."

At the same time, Democratic Alliance's Chief Whip John Steenhuisen agrees processes to review or supplement the Public Protector's report have 'no legal bases'.

"President Zuma has a dispute with the Public Protector. He needs to take her to court and let a judge decide on whether or not her report is as illegitimate has he seems to believe it is."

The African Christian Democratic Party said it's scandalous not to give Madonsela a chance to respond directly to Parliament.