‘Thuli is not a god’ says ANC MP Manamela

2014-04-28 00:00

ANC MP and Young Communist League leader Buti Manamela at the weekend said the May 7 elections would be about passing a motion of no confidence against Public Protector Thuli Madonsela.

“We are confident in the ANC and we will pass a motion of no confidence on Thuli on May 7,” Manamela told thousands of Cosatu and SACP members in a march to show support to the ruling party in Durban on Saturday.

Manamela is a member of the parliamentary committee considering Madonsela’s report into the security upgrades at President Jacob Zuma’s homestead in Nkandla.

He reiterated his previous statements that Madonsela was not a god despite her sterling work.

“Whether Thuli Madonsela is in the Times or not, she is still not our God. Whether the imperialist media praises her or not, she is still not our God,” Manamela said.

Madonsela was named last week as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in the latest edition of Time magazine.

Manamela said the public protector advanced the DA’s political agenda.

“We still reserve our right to expose the fact that she is acting more as a politician and that she has brought that office into disrepute,” Madonsela said to applause from the crowds.

In his remarks about Madonsela, SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande said opposition parties have found a campaign tool in the Nkandla security upgrade report.

He also said Madonsela had found that government had not built Zuma a homestead, but questioned the necessity of the swimming pool and others things.

However, Nzimande said: “The Public Protector is not a security expert. We don’t say she should not investigate. She can investigate, but she is not a security expert.”

Nzimande said the media were now advocating for the respect of the Office of the Public Protector, yet that was not the case for Madonsela’s predecessors — Selby Baqwa and Lawrence Mushwana — who had been criticised during their terms.

“If the public protector does not find the ANC guilty, it must be condemned. If the public protector finds the ANC guilty, it must be praised and we must keep quiet,” Nzimande said.

Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini said workers aligned to the labour federation would support the ANC on May 7. “There is no other organisation that is capable to take the interests of this country forward.”

Dlamini also said they would work with the ANC to address those issues Cosatu was unhappy with in the National Development Plan (NDP).

“If we are to march to the ANC to radicalise the NDP, we are going to do that,” he said.

•mayibongwe.maqhina@witness.co.za

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