Nkandla was a blessing, says Madonsela

The Public Protector says the ConCourt has reaffirmed the supremacy of the Constitution.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela briefs the media on the outcome of the Nkandla matter in the Con Court. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

PRETORIA - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has reacted to today's historic Constitutional Court ruling, saying it proves there was sophisticated disregard of her findings by government institutions in the Nkandla spending debacle, and it reaffirms the powers of her office.

In a comprehensive and unanimous judgment handed down this morning, the court found that President Jacob Zuma failed to "uphold, defend and respect" the Constitution when he ignored the Public Protector's Nkandla Report.

LISTEN: Public Protector shares her thoughts on Zuma's Nkandla concessions with EWN.

Madonsela has been responding to the findings at her office in Pretoria this afternoon.

She says her job was to protect the public from improper conduct.

"By firstly, determining if somebody's conduct was improper and secondly, determining how it should be fixed. I did so and now the Constitutional Court has confirmed that I did my job properly."

She says the public incorrectly views the massive Nkandla investigation as a burden on her office.

"There is no doubt in my mind that Nkandla was a blessing because we needed a point at which we clearly defined what the Constitution means when it says the Public Protector has the power."

Madonsela adds the court reaffirms the supremacy of the Constitution.

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Madonsela says her entire office was glued to the television to listen to Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng's ruling in the Nkandla saga.

She says it's a judgment that many will forever cherish.

"Everyone sat glued to the TV but what I noticed was that nobody wanted to speak. A needle could have dropped. Except when some things were said I could see people doing that 'Amandla wrist' and I think for one member of this office who, out of respect for his or her dignity… there was a moment where there was a tear."

Chief Justice Mogoeng has told Zuma to pay back some of the money spent on upgrading his residence and reprimand the ministers involved.

The Treasury will determine the amount, which must be paid within 105 days.

WATCH: Madonsela: ConCourt judgment a victory for SA

To read the full judgment by the ConCourt on Nkandla, click here.

To read the full statement by the Presidency, click here.

To view EWN's feature on key moments from the Nkandla saga, click here.