Maimane: Zuma changes rules of engagement on Madonsela

2014-09-12 16:18

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The Democratic Alliance has condemned President Jacob Zuma’s letter to the Public Protector in which he disagrees with Thuli Madonsela’s view that her reports and recommendations can only be reviewed by a court of law.

“The letter attempts to redefine the scope of the Office of the Public Protector, in direct violation of the Constitution,” said DA parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane today.

“The Constitution is clear that only a court of law can review the outcomes of chapter nine institutions, which according to section 181 (2) of the Constitution ‘are independent, and subject to the Constitution and the law’.”

Maimane accused Zuma of misreading the Constitution.

“It is extremely worrying that the president has chosen to misrepresent the Constitution and the work of the Public Protector,” he said.

“In so doing, he has created the incorrect impression that compliance with remedial action taken by the Public Protector is optional.”

In his letter to Madonsela, Zuma said the Public Protector had arrived at her findings without the “adversarial hearing” inherent in a court process, and that this was a “significant factor to caution me against a blanket acceptance without applying my own mind”.

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