ConCourt: Madonsela may join EFF fight on Nkandla findings

Thuli Madonsela now has until the end of October to file court papers.

Public Protector Advocate Thuli Madonsela. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has been granted permission by the Constitutional Court to join the Economic Freedom Fighters' legal battle to compel President Jacob Zuma to comply with her Nkandla report.

Last week, Madonsela told Eyewitness News she was willing to risk being painted as supporting the party because her powers should not be defined without her being represented.

The public protector will now join the case as a respondent in the matter.

In her report, she recommended the president pay back a portion of the money spent on non-security upgrades at his Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal.

The public protector's spokesperson Kgalalelo Masibi says Madonsela now has until the end of the month to file court papers.

"The public protector welcomes the decision of the Constitutional Court and she thinks it's a good decision because she will be in a position to shed light on the powers of the public protector."

MADONSELA: JOINING NKANDLA CASE IS IN INTEREST OF DEMOCRACY

The public protector says it's in the interest of democracy that her office has been allowed to join the EFF's Constitutional Court bid to have Zuma repay some of the money spent on non-security upgrades at Nkandla.

Masibi says Madonsela wants clarity once and for all on the powers of her office.

The public protector believes the impact of her recent findings against government officials has been far reaching.

Last week, she 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.

But the ANC has dismissed as baseless claims by Madonsela that Parliament is deliberately withholding funds.