US ambassador: Madonsela CIA claims baseless

2014-09-08 12:40
Public Protector Thuli Madonsela (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

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Cape Town – The US ambassador to South Africa on Monday said claims that Public Protector Thuli Madonsela is a CIA agent are “baseless” and “offensive”.

The US’s top envoy to South Africa, Patrick Gaspard, tweeted that the US completely rejected the claims and will lodge a complaint with South Africa’s government.

Speaking at a tombstone unveiling of Umkhonto weSizwe combatant Linda "Lion of Tshiawelo" Jabane in Soweto on Saturday, Deputy Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Kebby Maphatsoe said Madonsela was a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) plant because the US wants “their own CEO in South Africa”, The Star reported.

But Gaspard questioned how a top government minister such as Maphatsoe could make such claims.

“How can a [government] minister make such scurrilous and political comments at an official event?” he tweeted.

“These comments are unfortunate but inconsequential since they lack all credibility to average [South Africans] who see through smoke screens.

“We're proud of our transparent partnership with SA on health, [economic development], peace and security. These are the issues that matter.”

Maphatsoe’s comments come after Madonsela sent a letter to President Jacob Zuma asking him to give details on when was he going to respond to the recommendations in her report on his Nkandla homestead, Sapa reports.

The ANC responded angrily to news of the letter and accused Madonsela of abusing her office.

Madonsela said she would take legal action against Maphatsoe, asking him to retract and apologise, or "provide incontrovertible evidence" that she was an agent.

Read more on:    cia  |  anc  |  thuli madonsela  |  kebby maphatsoe

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