Madonsela denies Deputy Minister’s comments about her powers


Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has reportedly denounced remarks that she was confused about the powers of her office during last week’s impeachment hearing in the Constitutional Court.

Addressing Parliament’s Justice Portfolio Committee on Thursday, Madonsela disputed the accusations made by Deputy Justice Minister John Jeffrey on Tuesday that she had been unsure of her powers in the run-up the Constitutional Court’s ruling last week, which found that President Jacob Zuma violated the country’s Constitution by ignoring the remedial actions of her Nkandla report.

“The person who presented a distorted view in Parliament knows the truth and that person is someone we’ve debated the powers with in this committee,” Eyewitness News quoted Madonsela as saying after being asked about her powers Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Deputy President Floyd Shivambu.

“What was our response in 2011 already? It was to make it the subject of discourse in a good governance conference”.

It has meanwhile been reported that Madonsela’s asking of the state for more funds to help with existing projects, outweighs the actual amount her office needs.

According to News24, Madonsela while her presenting her R263-million budget, stated that an additional R115-million is needed for “optimum service delivery” with R54-million expected to be used for case management system and security.