Madonsela feared for her life: Report

2014-03-23 07:47
Public Protector Thuli Madonsela . (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela . (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town - Public protector Thuli Madonsela said this week that she had feared for her life during her months-long probe into the security upgrade issue of President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla homestead.

In a reported interview with the Sunday Times, Madonsela said she had not been afraid of a government or ANC-ordered hit but rather of “people inciting crazy elements”.

It was also reported that Madonsela said she had been afraid that the controversial probe might never be completed after she was ordered by numerous senior officials to stop her investigation.

She said she had feared being suspended in order to stop the probe.

Madonsela said in her report which was released this week that Zuma and his family had improperly benefited from R215m security upgrades to his Nkandla home. Outstanding work on the property was around R36m.

Madonsela had stressed that there the report had no political motive.

"There is nothing political about the investigation. All I have done as an ombudsman is to discharge my responsibility," she said in Sapa report.

"It is about public accountability. Government created that need for public accountability. I have done nothing more than discharging my responsibility."

Despite this, she came under attack from the ANC Youth League, as well as the South African Communist Party.

The ANCYL had called on Madonsela to quit, saying the report was "a clear sign" she was an "opposition puppet".

"Madonsela has been frequenting DA tea parties during her Nkandla investigation. She needs scrutiny,” the league was quoted as saying.

The league had further accused Madonsela of abusing her office and working with other political parties.

"As we are a generation that remains the future of this country... we would be happy if institutions of our democratic state cannot [sic] be abused by those who hold office working with opposition parties," the ANCYL's national convenor Mzwandile Masina said in a statement.

The SACP questioned the credibility of the Nkandla report, saying it was "extremely concerned" at the manner in which Public Protector Thuli Madonsela handled the investigation.

It also questioned the presence of the media at the release of the report in Pretoria, as well as the timing of the release.

"The media was 'locked up' in a boardroom... for about three hours to go through the final report prior to its release via a press conference, while the affected persons were never given such adequate opportunity.

"The public protector does not report to the media, but to Parliament, and therefore her media-driven strategy is seriously flawed and shows a complete misunderstanding of the office of the public protector."

It called for "abuses of power and the leaks" from Madonsela's office to be investigated and addressed decisively.
- News24
Read more on:    jacob zuma  |  thuli madonsela  |  nkandla upgrade
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Cop shooter arrested in Jhb

2014-12-28 21:53
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
78 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News
 

The most epic YouTube mashup of 2014

Try to see how many of these things gone viral you recognise in this epic mashup YouTube video!

 
 

I love summer.24

Summer Survey!
Stay in shape this summer
Ultimate fails compilation 2014
This sleeping bulldog is you during the holidays

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Grand Theft Auto 5

Now available on PS4, Xbox One and PC from R649. Buy now!

Festive gifts!

Check out our awesome range of festive gifts to make everyone’s wishes come true. Shop now!

Save on Samsung

Cameras, mobile phones, TVs, Tablets and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to R2200 on electronics! – As seen in the catalogue

Wishing for tech gadgets this festive? Save up to R2100 on hot tech products at kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

30% off the bestselling books

Save big on the most captivating reads of 2014. While stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Today is one of those days where you could react and say something and then have to pick up the pieces. Take your time before...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.