Public Protector reiterates calls for more funding

Madonsela believes govt & the ANC denied her request because they’re unhappy with her leadership.

FILE: Public Protector Thuli Madonsela speaking at the 11th Biennial Convocation of Advocates Africa in Cape Town on 14 August 2015. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has appealed to the African National Congress (ANC) and government not to deprive her office of funds simply because they are unhappy with her leadership style.

Madonsela says she believes the case she made to Parliament for additional funds was solid and was rejected due to issues that aren't relevant.

Earlier this year the ANC dismissed claims by Madonsela that Parliament is deliberately withholding funds as baseless.

Madonsela says she's not sure who she's upset within the corridors of power.

"I've no idea whose milk I spilled or whose ice cream I licked. Why are people so angry? I do think it has poisoned the waters. Whether I'm being deliberately starved of money, I don't know. I hope not, because I'm going to be the Public Protector for the next 12 months."

Last month, Madonsela said her office was in desperate need of more resources as their workload had increased in the last five years.