‘Zuma has undermined the office of the Public Protector’

Corruption Watch has joined the EFF & DA’s court application to hold the president accountable for Nkandla.

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Corruption Watch says President Jacob Zuma and some ministers have undermined the office of the Public Protector, and for this reason it will be joining the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and the Democratic Alliance (DA)'s court application to hold the president accountable for the Nkandla debacle.

Corruption Watch has been granted leave and will join the two parties as a friend of the court at the Constitutional Court tomorrow.

Last week, Zuma offered to pay some of the money that was spent at his Nkandla home and asked the Auditor-General and finance minister to determine how much he should pay.

The EFF and DA have rejected this offer.

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Corruption Watch's David Lewis says their involvement will focus on providing submissions to the court on the importance of the Public Protectors role in the fight against corruption.

He says some parliamentarians have been offensive with their dealings with the Public Protector.

"Often the Public Protector has been hugely undermined by the president in the Nkandla matter and by several other ministers in their attitudes toward her findings."

Lewis says he's feeling confident about the case.

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