ANC unimpressed by Madonsela’s letter to Zuma

BY CHARL BOSCH - AUGUST 25, 2014

The ANC has expressed concern after Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, submitted a letter to President Jacob Zuma on Sunday, indicating that his reply to Parliament about the upgrades at his private Nkandla homestead was unsatisfactory.

According to the City Press, Madonsela stated that Zuma had failed to address any of her findings and that asking Police Minister, Nathi Nhleko, to determine whether he should pay back a portion of the R246-million spend on security upgrades, was illegal as the minister is not authorised to review her decision.

“I am concerned that the decision you have made regarding the police minister gives him power he does not have under law, which is to review my decision taken in pursuit of the powers of administrative scrutiny I am given... by the Constitution,” the paper quotes Madonsela’s letter as saying.

“As I have already indicated, reports of the Public Protector are by law not subject to any review or second-guessing by a minister and/or the Cabinet.

“The findings made and remedial action taken by the Public Protector can be judicially reviewed and set aside only by a court of law,” she wrote.

In a statement, ANC spokesperson, Zizi Kodwa, said that Madonsela’s letter undermines the process of Parliament and shows that she has no “confidence in the institution and its independence as the arm of state”.

“We call on the Public Protector to desist from playing into the gallery and respect other Constitutional entities to fulfil their role without interference and undue pressure,” said Kodwa.

“The extraordinary conduct of the Public Protector raises questions about her neutrality on this matter which might undermine the credibility of her conduct or the intentions of her report.”

Kodwa stated that the ANC “reaffirms its belief on the Chapter 9 institutions” and warned Madonsela not to punch above her weight.

“We urge the Public Protector not to undermine the role of this office by her conduct which is contradictory to her recommendations that parliament must process her report and that of the President,” he said.

 

CAPTION: Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela's letter to President Jacob Zuma about response into Nkandla, slammed by ANC. IMAGE sourced from theobserver.com