Sadtu: Madonsela using position to attack ANC

2014-09-01 12:19
Public Protector Thuli Madonsela opens the African Ombudsman Summit in Johannesburg. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela opens the African Ombudsman Summit in Johannesburg. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

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Johannesburg - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela must stop using her office to "attack the ANC", the SA Democratic Teachers' Union (Sadtu) said on Monday.

"The actions of advocate Thuli Madonsela are clear systematic signs planned to create anarchy and divisions within our society and the ANC in particular," Sadtu's national executive committee said in a statement.

"We have continued to observe leakages coming from her office including calling press conferences to engage with government when guidelines are clear as to where she needs to account to."

Last week, Madonsela called for the end to the mudslinging between her office and the African National Congress.

She was responding to a barrage of criticism emanating from the ANC, following the leaking of a letter she had written to President Jacob Zuma.

Accusations of EFF links

Madonsela reportedly wrote to Zuma last week about the R246m spent on upgrades at his private Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal.

In her letter she reportedly cautioned him that he was second-guessing her recommendations that he repay part of the money spent on features unrelated to security, such as a swimming pool, cattle kraal, amphitheatre, and visitors' centre.

Since then, ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe has publicly criticised her and suggested she was working with Julius Malema's Economic Freedom Fighters.

Mantashe accused Madonsela of going on road trips and discussing reports she had not compiled. He said Madonsela was on a crusade to discredit the party.

Madonsela refuted the claims.

Sadtu on Monday called on Madonsela to name the ANC politician who reportedly leaked the letter.

"What are her intentions of not disclosing the name of the person that leaked her communication to the office of the president? Is she not empowered do so?" the teachers' union asked.

Madonsela refused to name the politician and instead called on that individual to take responsibility.

Read more on:    sadtu  |  anc  |  eff  |  jacob zuma  |  thuli madonsela  |  julius malema  |  gwede mantashe  |  politics  |  nkandla upgrade

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