Thuli Madonsela doesn’t fear for safety

2014-03-19 19:43
Public Protector Thuli Madonsela (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

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Johannesburg - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela said if anybody had wanted to physically harm her, they would have harmed her before the investigation into the security upgrades at President Jacob Zuma's private home in Nkandla had been concluded, City Press reports.

"I don't think our people are that mean-spirited," she told journalists during a question and answer session following an almost four-hour long press conference in Pretoria this afternoon, where she read out most of the 75 pages of her report’s executive summary.

She said ombudsmen from other countries often praise South Africa for its transparency.

Madonsela, however, admitted there were concerns among her officials about security.

"Nobody said they were threatened, but with the kind of statements made in public, the investigators didn't feel comfortable," she said.

"It is the first time I didn't indicate in the report which officials assisted in my investigation."

She added some members of the team did not want to join the panel on the investigation because of "animosity by groups in the public who decided to take this matter in a very distorted way to throw stones at the team".

"I would appeal to those people to read the report and to see what is being said."

She also encouraged people to read the 12 000 pages of government documentation uploaded by the Mail & Guardian’s investigative team, amaBhungane, following an access to information request. She had based part of her investigation on these documents.

She said people should make up their own minds according to that.

Read more on:    jacob zuma  |  thuli madonsela  |  pretoria  |  nkandla upgrade
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