Zuma could've kept cops out of Parliament – Madonsela

2014-12-10 11:11

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

If the government had carried out her Nkandla recommendations, Economic Freedom Fighters MPs and the police would never have clashed in Parliament, says Public Protector Thuli Madonsela.

Madonsela, in an interview with the BBC programme Hard Talk, said: “With due respect, if the government had done what the law requires it to do, that scuffle in Parliament would never have happened.”

The interview was aired in the UK yesterday.

An hour after the controversial Nkandla report was tabled in the National Assembly on November 13, riot police stormed into the chamber and forcibly removed EFF MP Reneilwe Mashabela because she had called President Jacob Zuma a “thief” and a criminal.

She refused to retract her comment or leave the chamber, and the police were called in.

Madonsela, who found that Zuma must pay back a portion of the R246 million spent on renovations at his Nkandla home, was asked by the BBC about the role her report played in the disorder in Parliament over the past few months.

Madonsela said it hadn’t surprised her that the ANC government did not agree with her findings.

“Everything that happens in government has political implications. All acts of politicians have political implications,” she said.

“Although my investigations constitute administrative scrutiny, they will have political implications because it is about whether or not the politicians who signed a pact with the people of South Africa that they were going to look after their collective powers and collective resources have done so in accordance with the constitutions and law.

“I said they didn’t. Obviously the politicians will say they were right.”

The ANC may have won the 2014 elections overwhelmingly, but that doesn’t mean South Africans will allow it to do what it wants, Madonsela said.

“Nobody has ever said the ANC should stop governing, but also the fact that the people returned any particular party to government doesn’t mean they are saying you must abuse resources of power. “Returning the ANC back as a group is not saying the people are absolutely happy with the conduct of all people in government.”

Madonsela will today deliver the keynote address at the United Nations Global Compact meeting in New York.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

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
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


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.


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.