Thuli Madonsela presents her R263m budget to Parliament
The Public Protector's office needs an additional R115 million to fulfil its mandate.
JOHANNESBURG - Public Protector Advocate Thuli Madonsela has presented her office's R263 million budget to Members of Parliament (MPs) today, in her first appearance in Parliament since the Constitutional Court judgment in the Nkandla saga.
The court ruled that President Jacob Zuma's failure to comply with her report was a violation of his constitutional obligations.
Madonsela received a hostile reception from African National Congress MPs when she presented her budget last year, but she says this time around there was a professional discussion.
"It was insightful. The questions that people asked and the contributions people made were very valuable. My team goes back with some of the valuable insights and we'll see how we can build them."
The Public Protector needs an additional R115 million to fulfil its mandate, which includes R54 million for a case management system and security.
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PARLIAMENT DOESN'T OWE MADONSELA AN APOLOGY
On Sunday, National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete said Parliament didn't not owe the Public Protector any apology following the court's ruling.
Mbete welcomed the court's judgment handed down last Thursday, saying it gives clarity on how the Public Protector's reports should be handled in future.
The court found that the National Assembly failed in its constitutional duty to hold the executive to account because it adopted a resolution exonerating the president.
The court said the National Assembly should have first approached a court to have Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's findings set aside if it had problems with them.
Mbete has welcomed the judgment and says Parliament will learn from it.
"The National Assembly and broadly, Parliament, respects the judgment."
But Mbete saw no need for any apology to Madonsela.
"Now I don't know who owes the Public Protector an apology and about what, because as far as Parliament is concerned the situation is as it has been explained."
She said Parliament's procedures were not questioned by the judgment.
"We now have better clarity, it will illuminate the things we do and it will help us."
Mbete added that, "With the benefit of this judgment, certain matters could have been handled differently. We will use this judgment to guide the relevant processes in future."
She insisted that the National Assembly only acted inconsistently with the Constitution and did not violate it.
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