We want people to respect work of Public Protector - Kevin Malunga

2016-03-31 10:18
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'This is a great day in South Africa' - Deputy Public Protector

2016-03-31 10:14

Deputy Public Protector Kevin Malunga said the Constitutional Court judgement in the Nkandla matter will pave a way in South Africa to ensure the work done by the office is protected.WATCH

Johannesburg - Deputy Public Protector Kevin Malunga said the Constitutional Court judgment in the Nkandla matter will pave a way in South Africa to ensure the work done by the office is protected.

"What we want is really an affirmation of the rule of law in South Africa. This is a great day in that institutions of democracy are being tested and South Africans will know in finality the status of the Public Protector," said Malunga.

"It is in the Constitution and it's very clear that this was an institution that was created to ensure that the state is held accountable and does not become insensitive or reckless with public reserves."

Malunga was speaking outside the Constitutional Court where judgment was expected to be handed down on the Nkandla matter.

The judgment relates to the matter of non-security upgrades – paid for by the taxpayer – made to President Jacob Zuma's private home in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal.

The EFF and DA took Zuma and National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete to court after they failed to adhere to the remedial actions resulting from Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s investigation.

They applied for an order clarifying the powers of the Public Protector, and that Zuma be ordered to pay back some of the money that was spent on non-security items such as the swimming pool, initially called a 'fire pool', a chicken run and a cattle kraal.

Malunga said that the day was not about individuals but highlighted the importance of how disputes are settled in South Africa.

He said he hoped the day would finally put an end to the tug of war regarding the powers of the Public Protector's office.

"We want to see a future where people respect the work of the Public Protector and abide by the findings. We want to see an end to rude government officials who sometimes don't give the institution the respect it deserves. If the president ... can be held accountable, who is everyone else?" he said.

Read more on:    public protector  |  kevin malunga  |  thuli madonsela  |  politics  |  nkandla upgrade

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