Maphatsoe feels heat, withdraws Madonsela statement

2014-09-09 20:08

Kebby Maphatsoe has apologised for the comments he made about Public Protector Thuli Madonsela.

The deputy defence and military veterans minister called Madonsela a CIA spy for how she's handled President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla matter. The Public Protector has since threatened to take legal action against Maphatsoe unless he withdraws his statement and apologise.

The ANC and government distanced themselves from Maphatsoe's comments while US diplomats expressed outrage at the claims.

With growing isolation, Maphatsoe was today forced to reconsider his position.

"On Saturday and Monday, I made statements in my capacity as the national chairperson on behalf of Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association ( MKMVA) about the Public Protector.

"After consultation with my organisation, the African National Congress, it would seem as though my statements have been misunderstood and misinterpreted, " he said.

"I therefore withdraw those statements and apologise for any offense and hurt that would have been caused."

However, Maphatsoe maintained that Madonsela's behaviour and conduct remain a source of concern.

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