Madonsela to join EFF in making Zuma pay back the money

BY CHARL BOSCH - OCTOBER 6, 2015

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has welcomed the Constitutional Court’s ruling to include Public Protector Thuli Madonsela in their legal battle against the rejection of her Nkandla report by President Jacob Zuma.

Earlier today, the court ruled that Madonsela, who last week announced that she would be joining the party in opposing Zuma’s acceptance of the report by Police Minister Nathi Nhleko, would be allowed to participate in the matter as a third party respondent.

“Our Constitution section 182 says you have the power to investigate, report and take appropriate remedial action, we do have a third power and there is no contest about that,” Eyewitness News quoted Madonsela as saying last week.

Speaking in a statement, EFF National Spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said the ruling is significant as Madonsela’s powers “had been ridiculed and challenged by many in government”.

“The decision to allow the Public Protector to join makes this matter now officially of public interest as the Public Protector constitutionally represents all of the South African public regardless of their creed, party affiliation and class,” Ndlozi said.

“This case will restore the dignity and respectability to the office of the Public Protector because many who steal and abuse state resources in government no longer hold the work of the Public Protector in high esteem because they think that they can get away with it like Zuma”.