Madonsela: SA must protect the Public Protector from abuse

Madonsela says if SA feels her office is being trampled on, they must do something about it.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela said it's up to South Africans to protect her office from abuse and to stop its power from being eroded.

On Monday, the Public Protector 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 a quarter of a billion rand was spent on the private home of President Jacob Zuma.

Madonsela said decisions to review her report have no legal basis, but she's 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 has water so I am sure that even a child would know that."

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

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

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