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“Letter was leaked by ANC member” - Madonsela

“Letter was leaked by ANC member” - Madonsela

The ANC has branded allegations by the public protector, Thuli Madonsela, that a senior party leader leaked her letter, addressed to President Jacob Zuma, to the media, as “preposterous and outrageous”.

“We call on the public protector to reveal the senior ANC leader who leaked her disputed letter to the media,” ANC spokesperson, Zizi Kodwa, said in a statement.

“Her accusations suggest that she is in the know of who is behind the leakage and we view this in serious light.”

Kodwa also added that the party finds it puzzling that the majority of investigations conducted by Madonelsa, are often leaked to the media without her accepting responsibility for it.

“The consistency of these leakages suggest that it is a ploy by the Public Protector`s Office to test public opinion or response before releasing her reports. Often the leaked reports are explained as incomplete which suggests that it is her office that can leak them,” he said.

He also criticised Madonsela for portraying herself as the “victim each time a report is leaked to the media” and that her recent conduct, and not work, has fallen under the spotlight.

“This [conduct] erodes public confidence in the Office of the Public Protector and the consistency undermine the expectation of confidentiality expected from public entities who are entrusted with public`s trust.

“The unfortunate nature of these leakages is that they may have a negative impact on the public image of those investigated even before they themselves can be appraised of the preliminary findings,” he said.

Kodwa maintained that although the party is unhappy with Madonsela’s findings, they will continue to support her office, and that they remain hopeful on exposing “those individuals behind the leakages”.

On Sunday, Madonsela issued a seven page letter in which he expressed her concern that Zuma had failed to address any with her findings into the R246-million upgrades at his private residence of Nkandla.

She also added that the president’s decision of leaving Police Minster, Nathi Nhleko, in charge of determining whether he should pay back a portion of money spend on non-essential security upgrades, was illegal.

The letter was widely criticised by the ruling party with chief whip, Stone Sizani, quoted by eNCA as saying, “[The letter is] a desperate attempt to dictate terms to Parliament rather than respect parliamentary processes and its constitutional authority”.

Madonsela’s spokeswoman, Kgalalelo Masibi, released a statement late on Monday evening, stating that the letter’s reveal had come as a big shock and that the Public Protector should be left to do her job.

“The public protector, Advocate Thuli Madonsela, has noted with deep concern the extraordinary and unwarranted attacks on her person and office by the ANC, the office of its chief whip in Parliament, one of its alliance partners, and the leader of its women's league following the unfortunate leak and publishing of her confidential letter to President Jacob Zuma,” said Masibi.

“Her reading of the public statements and comments attributed to these parties is that there is an attempt to interfere with the functioning of her office in violation of Section 181(4) of the Constitution.”


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