Say sorry to Madonsela, opposition MPs urge ANC

ANC MPs have refused to apologise to Thuli Madonsela over the handling of the Nkandla matter.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Opposition parties used Wednesday's debate on the Justice and Constitutional Development Department's R18 billion budget to call for an apology to be made to Public Protector Thuli Madonsela.

African National Congress (ANC) members of Parliament (MPs) on Parliament's Justice Committee refused to apologise to Madonsela over Nkandla and for at times hostile engagements with her.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) also accused the government of starving her office of funds since she launched her investigation into the Nkandla spending scandal.

The Public Protector was seated in the public gallery of the National Assembly during the debate.

DA MP Glynnis Breytenbach lashed ANC MPs for failing to say sorry for what she called their "abysmal treatment" of Madonsela.

"Not only have the ANC members of the portfolio committee demonstrated an appalling lack of common decency, they are still trying to punish her office by pushing through a budget that is woefully inadequate for the needs of her office."

Breytenbach said the DA wouldn't support the Justice Department's budget and would fight for Madonsela's office to be given more funds.

African Christian Democratic Party MP Steve Swart called for a public apology to be made to her.