Thuli: Stop protecting the president

2014-03-30 14:00

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

President Jacob Zuma is not a “child or a victim” who needs to be protected, but a head of state who should be allowed to deal with adverse findings against him, according to Public Protector Thuli Madonsela.

“I know everyone is trying to make sure they look like they are protecting the president. The president doesn’t need to be protected. He is the head of the executive. He is the head of ethics. I don’t think people should be protecting him as if he is a child or a victim,” she told City Press in an interview yesterday.

“That goes for all these lawyers who have suddenly crept out of the woodwork. Why protect the president? He’s not a child, he’s not a victim. He is the head of state. Why not let him deal with this thing from an ethical point of view, as is his responsibility as the head of state? Why do they feel the need to protect him as if we are dealing with a child who can’t deal with these things and therefore needs their protection?

“I would like to see less of the howling, especially the howling that doesn’t read the report and [then] shoots from the hip.

“I would like people to honestly read the report and not cherry-pick and be happy where I have said the president did not lie and then attack me. It’s one report and the reasoning is the same throughout the report.”

The ANC’s chief whip in Parliament, Stone Sizani, this week criticised Madonsela but admitted he hadn’t read her “bulky” report.

Madonsela also said the laws governing her office meant people had to make a formal request for her report to be submitted to Parliament.

“I investigated this matter under the Public Protector Act and under the Executive Members’ Ethics Act.

“In terms of the Executive Members’ Ethics Act, section 3(1) says once I’ve given the report to the president, he then takes the report I gave to him and submits it to Parliament.

“In other words, it’s the president who must submit the report to Parliament and then indicate to Parliament what action he has taken in light of my report, or alternatively what action he is planning to take in light of that report. It is there in black and white.”

She said neither Speaker Max Sisulu nor the chairperson of the National Council of Provinces, Mninwa Mahlangu, had requested the report formally and directly from her office, as the law allowed them to do.

Madonsela said the report was of historical significance because whatever was deemed to be permissible for the president would be assumed to be necessary for deputy presidents, ministers and premiers, MECs, and mayors.

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
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

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

Hello 

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.

Settings

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.