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COPE disturbed by attack on Thuli Madonsela

2015-03-07 14:34

Johannesburg - The Congress of the People was "disturbed" by the malicious and senseless attacks on Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, the party said on Saturday.

"It is our view, when an office such as... the public protector is under attack, then we must know that our democracy is seriously under threat," spokesperson Dennis Bloem said in a statement.

"Not long ago Adv Thuli Madonsela was branded as a CIA spy by the deputy minister of defence. Now this latest attack from faceless sources, who also claim she is a CIA spy."

On Friday spy claims against Madonsela, Julius Malema, Lindiwe Mazibuko, and Joseph Mathunjwa were dismissed as rubbish, according to their comments published by Beeld on Friday.

"A grade nine pupil could see it is rubbish," said Madonsela, after the State Security Agency (SSA) issued a statement on Thursday saying it was probing spying claims against the four.

SSA spokesperson Brian Dube said allegations against them led the agency to africainteligenceleaks.wordpress.com, and other social media platforms.

Madonsela said she would lodge a formal complaint against the SSA and ask it to withdraw the statement.

She said it was "interesting" that it surfaced days before President Jacob Zuma answered questions in Parliament.

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema said: "I have never heard such madness in my life... Those people are clowns. Our biggest problem is that our 'intelligence' is not intelligent."

Mathunjwa, president of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), said it was "rubbish" and a "waste of state resources" to investigate such allegations.

Mazibuko, former Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader who is studying at Harvard, tweeted: "It's pretty embarrassing that a SA cabinet minister would issue a press statement responding to a false blog post from the lunatic fringe" followed by a "sad face" emoticon.

Cope challenged anybody who made such allegations to come forward with proof and evidence.

"For now we view these allegations as malicious and baseless," Bloem said.

"It's not a secret that there are people who are working day and night to remove Adv Madonsela from her position."

Cope assured the public protector that the party had full confidence and trust in her, and in her office.

" We call upon all South Africans to rise up, and defend our public protector and our democracy," he said.

Comments
  • Scala Coetzee - 2015-03-07 14:41

    She must get arresting powers there will be no more clowns in parliament

      Sam Nujoma - 2015-03-07 14:55

      Ha! South African Intelligence - what an oxymoron with a moron for a minister

      Patricia Dewet - 2015-03-07 15:07

      Yes Sam this one is an idiot but the one before did not even know he was sleeping next to a drug smuggler. Not there for their brains.

      Bill Loney - 2015-04-29 21:03

      This country is in big trouble! These ANC goons know that their good story is actually a horror film and that the public is finally realizing it. They are becoming more desperate by the day, and desperate men are crazy men. We'll have to watch these idiots closely or they will drag us into a civil war. They stir racial tension on an almost daily basis to deflect our attention from the real issues. We should never allow them to totally destroy the country.

  • Akhenaten - 2015-03-07 14:47

    They have to attack her, they don't want her to show up their crimes and this is the tactic they use. Just think, Malema in the CIA. Funny.

      Genet Joobs - 2015-03-07 14:49

      Agreed.

  • Art Conde - 2015-03-07 14:50

    Leave our future President alone. She was born in another planet and is a real STALWART and not a STALFART.

      Mthandazo Mk Nkiwane - 2015-03-07 15:05

      thuli! ur future prez!wat abt zle@mmusi?

      Mike Urich - 2015-03-07 15:11

      Really,I don't believe that.

  • Bongeka - 2015-03-07 14:50

    The problem is Thuli Madonsela tries by all means to protect the public by all means and not the other way around. So we all knew that this was coming. Because in their view she is stepping onto their toes by not being their puppet. South Africa, let's protect our public protector, the only soul in this government that cares about the people. May God be with her and watch her all the time.

      Mthandazo Mk Nkiwane - 2015-03-07 14:58

      protecting him frm who?

      Nikki Downes - 2015-03-07 15:16

      Amen Bongeka

      Chris Du Bruyn - 2015-03-07 16:24

      The Zuma group is hell-bent on fighting off accountability.

      Sipho Tshakela - 2015-03-08 08:38

      Ngumthandazo wethu sonke thina esinengqondo nesizibonayo izinto Bongeka sisi wam.

  • Mmatlou Maepa - 2015-03-07 14:56

    Why do people still bother themselves by calling this once a democratic state democratic

  • Peter Webb - 2015-03-07 14:58

    We all . know it stems from zuma and his cronies and put liar mac in there as well

  • Jan Peulen - 2015-03-07 15:01

    What a load of s**t from that fat pig from the ANC. The ANC start showing their real colours.

      Babalaas Witblitz - 2015-03-07 21:05

      Yep, running scared.

  • Mashai Joannes - 2015-03-07 15:03

    we all know that our NIA is n/a.our security agency is not so secure anymore.it is riddled with paranoid and useless unintelligent people.it isn't puzzling anymore bcos they Are falling to protect the country and now resorts to playing politics and intimidating prominent south Africans.

  • Lawrence Robert Atkinson - 2015-03-07 15:04

    Who is COPE again? On a serious note, any attempt to discredit the PP is a lie. And the motives must be questioned

  • Doevis Affie Plaas - 2015-03-07 15:07

    But let them investigate. Let's see how they try to save face when it all comes to naught.

  • Ralph Thornley - 2015-03-07 15:11

    The ANC cadres are petrified of her. She is getting to close to the truth and they could be found out. So much for our so called "ROBUST DEMOCRACY."

  • Jacky Van Laack - 2015-03-07 15:12

    Crying wolf to often,soon the public opinion will turn on those chosen to serve us....

  • Lynda Tyrer - 2015-03-07 15:13

    Our govt watches too many tv shows

  • Mike Urich - 2015-03-07 15:15

    Ah cope,are u still there,bunch of clowns.

  • Kaikai - 2015-03-07 15:15

    Only idiot ANC people could even think of believing on such a ludicrous allegation. But ANC ministers who commented and made the allegation are the real morons.

  • Emone Nomore - 2015-03-07 15:21

    The ANC have outdone themselves yet again! Can they get anymore stupid?

      Anthoula Joshua - 2015-03-07 16:59

      Don't know if we must laugh or cry over this one.

  • Stuart McPherson - 2015-03-07 15:24

    What in heavens name does Thuli have to spy on in South Africa that is so important, according to the ANC? She has enough work with all the corruption. Besides, the Americans and the rest don't need Thuli and others to find out exactly what is going on here. What really irritates me more than anything is the assumption that we have inferior intellect so as to believe this rubbish......but I guess there are millions out there believing this and receiving monthly state grants as well....OH HELL!!!

      Marang Lesedi - 2015-03-07 15:48

      I wouldn't be so sure if I were you. A few years ago, a few 'fringe lunatics' started waffling about the U$ intentions to invade Afg, restart oil fires in the ME, invade Lyba, Smla and even have a go at Rusland. It appears the 'fringe lunatics' can now be canonized.

  • Gabriel Mahlangu - 2015-03-07 15:26

    The really question it's what if she was a really a spay?

      Rachel Chitehwe - 2015-03-07 15:35

      Whats a Spay?

      Chris Du Bruyn - 2015-03-07 15:51

      'Allo....what will she spy on?

      Som Som - 2015-03-07 15:55

      @Rachel spell check.its spy he ment to type,I kn you hv never mistyped in your life.

      Sie Khoza - 2015-03-07 16:50

      Maybe you ,sir, need to be spayed.

      Babalaas Witblitz - 2015-03-07 21:32

      LOL, Gabriel, I doubt it, she doesnt have the time. The chief thief and cadres are keeping her so busy with corruption, it's amazing she finds time to use the loo never mind spy for the CIA. Also I suggest everyone gives the CIA a little more credit. They know if they want any info about something, there are a few ways to get it. 1) Take a walk to the municipal dump nearest the organization charged with keeping that info. 2) Walk into the organization and ask for it. 3) Pay someone in the organization - here you can work your way to the top. 4) If all the above were unsuccessful, ask Al Jazeera. 5) Lastly (most expensive) give JZ a few Van Riebeecks. If necessary and if there are enough Van Riebeecks, he will initiate the program for them. Including and not limited to hurting his own family.

  • Rudolph Verster - 2015-03-07 15:31

    Leave Thuli and let she spy this caders cancers till they drop!

  • mark.krivoshik - 2015-03-07 15:35

    There is truth that apartheid still exists in South Africa... Only the flavor has changed from Afrikans Vanilla to ANC Chocolate... Regardless of the flavor or coloring the ANC clowns want the public to believe only the ANC is qualified to rule the country by their rules embracing corruption and racism... And any honorable person in their ways is stomped on... But the tracks they leave behind are those of the Jackasses they are....

  • Chris Du Bruyn - 2015-03-07 15:41

    Thuli is the hero of South Africa and this is typical Zuma style.... VERRRY CRUDE.

  • Graham Grant Hayward - 2015-03-07 15:48

    Make her president.I will vote for her.Has the ANC no scruples ?

  • Jimmy James - 2015-03-07 15:54

    The corrupt and dishonest in the ANC leadership has now reached boiling point. They cannot tolerate the UNCORRUPT and the HONEST. Now we can see why they are against THULI MADONSELA being an HONEST AND UNCORRUPT PERSON !!!

  • Schalk van Schalkwyk - 2015-03-07 15:56

    Where do I sign support for Thuli?

  • Chris Du Bruyn - 2015-03-07 16:04

    "When storms arise and tempests raise, I know I can't be shaken cause I'm anchored in truth" Thuli Madonsela Daughter of 2 informal traders and later a member of the team that drafted the final constitution of South Africa. Do the whole SA a favor now and stand as president.

      Sipho Tshakela - 2015-03-08 04:21

      The economic woes facing the country would be a thing of the past with Thuli at the helm. This country of ours has a huge potential but it all goes down to waste due to rampant corrupt activities. Billions of rands have been lost to corruption thus far, if that money would have been put to good use we would have been in a better space than the status quo.

  • Dusty Sam - 2015-03-07 16:20

    Can't have her as my president never would rather vote Themba Godi than your two faced CIA agent madonsela. It now confirms my suspicions of her wanting to assume power she doesn't have. She wants to be calling the shorts having everyone including other chapter nine institutions answer to her. She and her supporters can go to hell for I care

      Chris Du Bruyn - 2015-03-07 16:49

      Mmmmm you obviously have your fingers in the jam pot somewhere

      Anthoula Joshua - 2015-03-07 16:57

      Stop watching those spy movies. Just think for a minute what you are believing. It makes no sense. Now come back to the real world. The CIA have better things to do. SA is of no importance.

      Sipho Tshakela - 2015-03-08 04:30

      Exactly the modus operandi of the ruling party...they prefer the calibre of Themba Godi..why? he is a Ja Baas type of mentality. Themba would subscribe and do everything in his power to keep his paymaster pleased, he is more concerned about his stomach politics than the plight of the masses. On the other hand, the likes of Thuli would rather starve than to indulge in hide and seek game with jacob and his henchmen like dusty!

      Lee Ferreira - 2015-03-17 17:13

      You got a fever Dusty, sounds like you are raving, take a pill!!

  • John Sharman - 2015-03-07 16:24

    she is the only government official that I will trust.

  • Tumisho Ramoshaba - 2015-03-07 16:28

    i knew it this will happen ,anc is looking after u their in a mission of destroy any institute that is investigating corruption ,but stay strong Thuli we r behind u ,we love's u very much n i hope u will b our president very soon.

  • Paulson Meziri - 2015-03-07 16:29

    Zuma will destroy all anti corruption agencies before he step down knowing all his rots may hurt him later.

  • Tumisho Ramoshaba - 2015-03-07 16:40

    one person who can save anc for not fall apart is Thuli n the rest r peace of sh'''''''t

  • Neville Watson - 2015-03-07 16:43

    This Cancer party will do everything to discredit a person to remove the focus from them , But their Corruption problem is so big it was detected in space .

  • Mariaan Miguel - 2015-03-07 16:47

    Agree ! They are clowns, waste of public funds , Adv Modonsela is doing a great job!! How many more people is Zuma force going to try and get rid of. SSA should be investigated!! Who is asking them to get up to dirty tricks??

  • Anthoula Joshua - 2015-03-07 16:53

    They have watched too many American spy movies. Now they have lost it. LOL!?? Or cry.

  • Tumisho Ramoshaba - 2015-03-07 16:57

    yes indeed anc is running out of hiding corruptions ,i guess this is their last opportunity to accuse Thuli ,Thuli is gonna b our next president jz is like it or not.

      Chris Du Bruyn - 2015-03-07 17:05

      Indeed Tumisho.....the ANC is hell-bent on fighting of accountability.

      Sipho Tshakela - 2015-03-08 04:10

      Phemelo, some things need no explanation as they are self-explanatory. When the writing is on the wall is for everyone to see and read it. It is common knowledge that the anc does not see eye to eye with the Honourable Adv Thuli Madonsela. She is like Comrade Chis Hani the man the apartheid govt loved to hate. The reasons are quite simple as to why the ruling party does not favour a public protector office without Thuli...they want to carry on looting the resources of this country without any hinderance..they don't take it kindly to someone who wana interfere with their acts of corruption..they prefer a toothless dog manning that office. I believe they under estimated Thuli's capabilities when she gets appointed into the post. Quite frankly, your anc is behind all this, we all know they will rest at nothing to undermine our only glimmer of hope.. Viva Advocate viva, long live the spirit of Madonsela long live. Amaaaaaandla!!

  • Lums Zindela - 2015-03-07 16:57

    "A grade nine pupil could see it is rubbish," said Madonsela, well said Thuli, but unfortunately we have grade 3's here who cannot see that.

  • Fly Mercedes - 2015-03-07 17:00

    Hehee_Lol "I have never heard such madness in my life... Those people are clowns. Our biggest problem is that our 'intelligence' is not intelligent."

  • Trevor Ward - 2015-03-07 17:03

    The cANCerous JZ & COMRADES will stoop to levels way below sea-level to hide their fraudulent, self enriching, dictatorship schemes. Go get them Public Protector Ms Thuli. We require many more people of your calibre!!!!!!

  • Albert de Wet - 2015-03-07 17:11

    Madonsela is about the only honest one of the lot. Ominous signs when the honest ones are targeted.

  • Michael Partis - 2015-03-07 17:17

    "A grade nine pupil could see it is rubbish," said Madonsela So not Zuma or half his ministers then?

      Babalaas Witblitz - 2015-03-07 21:50

      None of them got to grade 9 Michael.

  • Magdaline Mametse - 2015-03-07 17:46

    This ANC of JZ must be denied votes in the upcoming elections. They think they own this country.

  • Azwidowi Tshavhungwe Mbedzi - 2015-03-07 17:56

    baseless allegations Mxm

  • Potso Matjila - 2015-03-07 18:09

    I really feel for this woman (Thuli)

  • Amanda Nkosana - 2015-03-07 18:37

    CANCER is a weapon of mass distraction they discredit anyone who exposes them...get them Thuli we're right behind you...

  • Slowly Doezit - 2015-03-07 18:39

    I always love the way Lindiwe says things. Damn she's good.

  • Slowly Doezit - 2015-03-07 18:40

    Thuli for president btw.

      Makoati Tau Mafalo - 2015-03-07 20:30

      I will vote for her

      Makoati Tau Mafalo - 2015-03-07 20:30

      I will vote for her

  • Mdu Makofane - 2015-03-07 18:44

    I thought this paraffin-powered party was somewhere 6 feet under already.. talking politics with Eugine, Jan, etc. anyway, can't help noticing .. Madonsela, Julius Malema, Lindiwe Mazibuko, and Joseph Mathunjwa's names on the same sentence!!?!! can't blame the ssa for doing the norms, something 'zilly' there

  • Thembani Mnconywa - 2015-03-07 18:50

    Hopefully this is a political ploy by faceless ANC masterminds to portray all vocalists opposition as a CIA spies. This is done to divert attention to the possible grilling of presidents reply on 11/03/14 so that anything that goes wrong next wednesday should be apportioned to these individuals. ANC do the right thing of regaining the lost ground(voters) by delivering on the basic amenities to all South Africans

  • Nico Du Rand - 2015-03-07 19:07

    Its odd that I would've been shocked if the anc used such under-handed tactics and smear-campaigns, but nowadays I expect such stupidity from them

      Nikki Downes - 2015-03-08 10:28

      Not really stupid at all. It's carefully constructed Marxist discourse to continously discredit an enemy. I fear for her life at times

  • a3a637f6-1c12-43b0-9f25-4a594f4473ff - 2015-03-07 19:57

    ANC is going soft in the head...paranoid tendencies

  • catcha.wakeup - 2015-03-07 20:07

    Dennis, what democracy do we have when the ruling party shows no respect for the constitution. They only pay lip service to it and use it to win battles when necessary. Else it means nothing to them as they have demonstrated.