Nkandla: Madonsela is not above Parliament – Mantashe

2014-08-26 16:38

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has tweeted that she had the right to publish the letter she wrote to President Jacob Zuma, and questioned the ANC’s motives for hounding the alleged leaker.

She was tweeting this as ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe addressed a press briefing in which he called on her to name the “senior ANC politician” that she alleged leaked the letter in which she pointed out to Zuma that his reply to her report on the R240 million security upgrades at Nkandla was insufficient.

“Who leaked the report [on the Nkandla upgrades] of the [special investigating unit] to the public? Why no concern? PP had power to publish her letter if she so wished. #Constitutionalism”, @ThuliMadonsela3 tweeted.

Mantashe accused Madonsela of making vague allegations and insinuations in order “to create doubt and suspicion of members of the ANC in society”.

He said the ANC “noted the coincidence of the public protector writing the letter to the president on the same day that the EFF disrupted Parliament”.

He said they posed the same question on the same day.

He also said it was “curious” that some MPs claimed that they saw Madonsela in the parliamentary precinct on the same day.

“Without accusing anybody the tight coordination of this offensive is interesting,” he said.

Asked whether he meant that Madonsela and the EFF were collaborating, Mantashe said he didn’t mean to insinuate that they were collaborating, but that there was an “anti-majoritarian offensive” out to weaken the democratically elected ANC.

Asked about Madonsela’s tweets afterwards, Mantashe said if Madonsela had wanted to publish the report, she should “publish it, not leak it”.

He added: “You are in trouble if you have a public protector who is on Twitter all the time.”

Mantashe also said the public protector was not more important than Parliament or Cabinet ministers, who also investigated the Nkandla upgrades, although she thought herself to be.

He said any opinion by analysts that her report should carry more weight is just an opinion.

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