Thuli Madonsela CIA spy accusation not state’s view – Jeff Radebe

2014-09-09 10:47

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The government has distanced itself from Defence Deputy Minister Kebby Maphatsoe’s claim that Public Protector Thuli Madonsela works for the CIA.

“[These] accusations as were never discussed at any official government meeting nor do they reflect the views and thinking of government,” Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe said today.

“Comments or allegations against any country or persons, including those responsible for guarding and upholding constitutional values, should be raised and addressed at appropriate platforms. South Africa enjoys a cordial diplomatic relationship with the United States of America.”

It was reported yesterday that Maphatsoe, who chairs the Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans’ Association, had accused Madonsela of being a CIA plant.

“We can’t allow people to hijack the ANC. We’ll fight and defend the African National Congress. uThuliumele asitshele ukuthi ubani ihandler yakhe [Thuli must tell us who her handler is],” Maphatsoe reportedly said in Soweto on Saturday.

Madonsela has given Maphatsoe three days to prove his claim.

Read: Kebby Maphatsoe has 3 days to prove Thuli Madonsela is a spy or ...

Radebe, who is also the chairperson of the inter-ministerial committee on information and publicity, said the government reiterated its trust in chapter nine institutions, such as the office of the Public Protector.

“The government hails the role that is played by the institutions to ensure its accountability and the strengthening of South Africa’s democracy,” he said.

“We have created these high institutions to ensure that South Africa remains a constitutional state and the government remains steadfast to protecting their role in taking the country forward.”

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