Nkandla report: Thuli Madonsela hits back at Stone Sizani

2013-10-31 08:27

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has dismissed as “baseless” accusations by ANC Chief Whip Stone Sizani about her probe into President Jacob Zuma’s homestead at Nkandla.

Sizani had questioned her remarks about the difficulty of obtaining clarity on where her reports relating the president should be submitted.

His spokesman Moloto Mothapo said Madonsela’s preliminary report on the Nkandla matter should be submitted to Parliament, as both Zuma and Madonsela were accountable to Parliament.

He accused Madonsela of unfairly portraying Zuma and members of the executive as trying to dodge accountability.

“It is unfortunate that the Public Protector’s public remarks regarding her dilemma have subtly sought to try the president and his executive in a court of public opinion,” Mothapo said.

“... There is no doubt that the president’s dignity has been unfairly harmed by all these inferences in the media. This does not augur well for fairness and justice.”

He also claimed Madonsela had not approached Parliament for clarity on the matter, nor proposed the necessity for a legislative intervention.

However, Madonsela’s spokesman Oupa Segalwe said the statement released by Sizani’s office contained “misleading and unfortunate” remarks.

Segalwe said Madonsela had previously made recommendations to Parliament that it resolve where Public Protector reports involving the ethical conduct of the president should be submitted.

She later got a draft version of the amended Executive Members’ Ethics Act, which legislates such processes, but it was unclear how far this process had reached.

“To this end, the Public Protector wrote to the secretary of Cabinet a few weeks ago, requesting progress on the legislative reform and on how to address the gap. She has not yet received a response,” Segalwe said.

“It is therefore misleading and mischievous for the Office of the Chief Whip to suggest that Parliament was neither approached regarding the ‘dilemma’ nor asked to consider amending the act.”

Madonsela would submit her report to National Assembly Speaker Max Sisulu and concerned parties.

A provisional report would be submitted to the concerned parties so they could provide feedback before the report was finalised.

Last week, Madonsela questioned the government’s delay in changing the law determining to whom she should hand reports concerning the presidency.

She said when it came to investigating members of the executive, the report was normally given to the president, but now it was tricky as the report was about him.

At a Black Management Forum conference at the time, she said she had advised the government about the problem three years ago and asked it to change the law.

On Friday, Segalwe said Madonsela was awaiting feedback from the presidency after she asked about the law reform process to “clarify the competent authority to receive the report”.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.