‘I didn’t go to Parliament for an apology’

Madonsela says she wanted her first appearance in Parly after the Nkadla judgment to focus on her budget.

FILE: Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Public Protector Advocate Thuli Madonsela says she didn't go to Parliament for an apology today, and was only there to discuss her budget.

Advocate Madonsela tabled her R263 million budget earlier today during her first appearance in Parliament since the landmark Nkandla judgment.

Members of Parliament (MPs) were asked to apologise for the way they treated Madonsela throughout the scandal, but they said there was no need to say sorry.

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The Public Protector says today was a good start to working in a partnership of good governance with parliament.

"I really didn't go there for an apology. I wanted the focus to be on the budget, and the focus was on the budget. I was really grateful that people asked questions that were pertinent to what we present to the committee, and the engagement was polite and insightful."