Thuli Madonsela has political ambitions – MK veterans

2014-04-10 16:19

MK Military Veterans Association and ANC national executive committee member Kebby Maphatsoe has accused Thuli Madonsela of harbouring ambitions of leading a political party.

Speaking at the commemoration service for the late SA Communist Party leader Chris Hani in Boksburg today, Maphatsoe said there was an agenda to undermine the 20 years of democracy and the ANC by attacking President Jacob Zuma.

Madonsela found that Zuma had benefited unduly from the R246 million state-funded upgrades to his private residence in Nkandla and that he had unintentionally misled Parliament by claiming that the state had not constructed any structures at his homestead.

Maphatsoe said they would defend Zuma as an attack on him was an “attack on our movement”.

“Chapter 9 institutions, we respect them, but they are also occupied by human beings who can sometimes make mistakes. We want to call upon the Public Protector to stop the road shows she’s been making reporting about Nkandla.

“It is not correct for the Public Protector to submit a report and go on the offensive reporting to the country on a road show. Dr [Mamphela] Ramphele started like this when she started a party. To us it says Public Protector Thuli Madonsela is preparing herself to start a political party,” he said.

EMBED audio clip where Thuli speaks about a career in politics

In the same vein, SACP boss Blade Nzimande repeated his claim that Zuma had built his own home without getting any funds from the state and that claims to the contrary were “white lies”.

He said Nkandla had become the staple food of opposition parties.

“Umsholozi umnumzane uzakhele njengabanye abanumzane [Zuma is a man of means, he’s built his own home like other men of means],” he said.

Nzimande said those who called on Parliament to sit over Nkandla upgrades should have done the same when construction companies colluded to fleece billions of rands through inflated construction prices.

He said he found it odd that opposition parties were now saying Madonsela should not be criticised as they had kept quiet when her predecessors had taken flak from the DA.

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