Madonsela joins EFF's case for clarity & integrity

It's the first time in SA’s history a public protector joins a political party to enforce recommendations.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The office of the public protector says with Thuli Madonsela's tenure coming to an end next year, its crucial to ensure the office's powers are clarified and its integrity preserved.

Madonsela was given permission today to join the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF)'s Constitutional Court bid to compel President Jacob Zuma to repay some of the money spent on upgrading his KwaZulu-Natal homestead.

Last year, the public protector found the president and his family unduly benefited from non-security upgrades at Nkandla including a swimming pool, an amphitheatre and a visitor's centre.

It's the first time in the country's history that a public protector joins a political party in a Constitutional Court battle to enforce the recommendations of a report.

Spokesperson Kgalalelo Masibi says this case is extremely important not only for Madonsela but for future public protectors.

"The decision of the Constitutional Court will have implications for the future of the public protectors as an institution."

Meanwhile, the EFF's Mbuyiseni Ndlozi has welcomed the court's decision to include her as a respondent.

Madonsela says the outcome of this court case will have a bearing on other investigations where government officials refuse to implement her recommendations.

At the same time, the EFF says it has full confidence that the Constitutional Court will compel the president to pay back the money spent on non-security upgrades at his Nkandla home.

Ndlozi says this is a definitive case in the fight against corruption.

"Remedial action that is going to be discussed in the highest office in the land and therefore it will restore her office's reputation and power and relation to other state departments and the rest of society's institutions."