Thoko Didiza: Dina Pule example shows ANC acts on reports

2014-03-18 08:45

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ANC national executive committee member and former agriculture minister Thoko Didiza has said it was possible to criticise decisions taken by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela without disrespecting the institution.

Using e-tolls as an example, Didiza said even though judgments found that e-tolls were rightfully imposed, groups like the DA and Cosatu still protested against them.

Speaking at a debate about the first 20 years of democracy at Unisa in Pretoria last night, Didiza defended the ANC’s silence so far about Madonsela’s report on security upgrades at President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla home.

“Obviously, we can’t infer on a report that we haven’t seen as yet, so we are all awaiting it like everyone else,” she said.

“It is important for us again to remind ourselves that where a report was made and where corroboration of whatever allegation was made, the ANC took a decision,” she said.

United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa interjected and reminded her of Dina Pule, who was sacked as communications minister after Madonsela made an adverse finding against her.

Pule was, however, retained as MP and she is set to return to Parliament after the May 7 elections.

Implying that the ANC did act, Didiza said Pule was sacked as minister and demoted to MP.

A DA staffer from the audience, Mabine Seabe, asked the panel whether Parliament would sack Zuma if he was found to have misled it.

Holomisa said the ANC should do what it did to Mbeki and recall Zuma, but Didiza reminded the audience that the president was elected by Parliament as the representatives of the people, and could be sacked by them by means of a vote of no confidence.

City Press on Sunday reported that the ANC was planning to ignore the Nkandla report. Party communications officials yesterday said they would react either in a statement or at a press conference.

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