Madonsela has her say - AS IT HAPPENED

2014-08-28 14:55

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela responds to the ANC's statements about her following the leak of her letter to President Jacob Zuma.


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Last Updated at 16:52
28 Aug 17:03
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28 Aug 16:57

28 Aug 16:51
The media briefing is now over. TM sits and looks on calmly. Despite the accusations levelled against her, she was cool and calm throughout the briefing.

28 Aug 16:49
TM repeats that City Press and the Sunday Times should answer who it was that leaked her letter to Zuma.

28 Aug 16:46
Tm gets a laugh from reporters as she speaks of the claim that she's linked to the EFF. "just the other day I was linked to the DA!" she jokes.

28 Aug 16:44

28 Aug 16:44
My approach today was to appeal to anyone who has an interest in a functional state to think before they talk - TM

28 Aug 16:42
All we are asking is human dignity. Let's stop all this hooliganism. - TM

28 Aug 16:40

28 Aug 16:39
You don't throw mud at someone and remain with clean hands, says TM.

28 Aug 16:37
Madonsela: I would urge the leaders of the ANC to reign in these people who have no respect for human beings.

28 Aug 16:36
The ANC seems to have forgotten that it wasn't TM or her office who leaked the letter and actually criticised the leak...

28 Aug 16:34
And so the ANC has just tweeted...

28 Aug 16:33
TM asked by reporter: Do you think Zuma understands the damage he's doing to this country?

28 Aug 16:30
TM says PP has option to request debate on report not implemented, complainants can take lack of response to court

28 Aug 16:26
TM says she supports the idea of a fixed term non-renewable.

28 Aug 16:25
TM: The politician who leaked the letter should take responsibility for the leakage

28 Aug 16:24
I can't take responsibility for dishonest people, says TM as she fixes the media with a penetrating stare.

28 Aug 16:23
People need to understand that we made a choice that there will be administrative scrutiny. - TM

28 Aug 16:22
TM says SA is NOT facing a constitutional crisis.

28 Aug 16:22
My office will never give matter how long it takes. - TM

28 Aug 16:20
No, I have not made Zuma a personal project, or any other state actor for that matter - TM

28 Aug 16:19
TM: We just don't go to court until we have engaged.

28 Aug 16:15
Tm asked if she believes SA is facing a constitutional crisis.

28 Aug 16:14
TM questions media about their behaviour, leaked reports, and impact on democracy. The ball is in your (media) court, she says.

28 Aug 16:12
No, I won't name the person who leaked the report. If you want to know, engage with the media houses who first reported it. - TM

28 Aug 16:12
I didn't invent the system of going public with reports, I found it here, says TM with a wry smile.

28 Aug 16:11
TM refers to AfriForum which has indicated they want to head to the courts to protect the PP. "It is their right"

28 Aug 16:09
Madonsela: Let’s handle these tensions as adults.

28 Aug 16:08
My appeal right now is that we have found ourselves off track when it comes to the constitutional democracy. All I'm saying is that those outside the state should allow the state to function. - TM

28 Aug 16:07
TM: President Zuma has never closed his doors to me.

28 Aug 16:05
Would I advise Zuma what to do, TM says repeating a reporter's question. She looks into the distance for a few seconds and says: I did advise the president but I can't tell you what I will say to the president,when we meet.

28 Aug 16:03
TM: I can approach the courts - but I wouldn't. I believe in dialogue.

28 Aug 16:02
TM says her office has never had a problem communicating with the president.

28 Aug 16:00
TM asked whether her office will consider going to court if Zuma doesn’t respond or react.

28 Aug 15:57

We can overcome this. We have overcome worse - TM

End of statement. TM will now take questions.

28 Aug 15:57
Madonsela says the AU charter on govt and elections commits states to strengthen chapter 9 institutions.

28 Aug 15:56
Madonsela: My request to stakeholders outside state is to respect boundary between public and private .. Including between state and party.

28 Aug 15:55
I will request a meeting with Zuma to look at a way forward, says TM.

28 Aug 15:53
"Even if Parliament is not happy (with me), hysteria and mudslinging is not the way to go," says TM.

28 Aug 15:52
The PP is accountable to Parliament. The speaker could have called me at any time if she found problems with my work - TM

28 Aug 15:51
My office ALWAYS follows up on remedial action usually without drama. - TM

28 Aug 15:50
TM's voice breaks as she says "in my considered view... was not in the public interest and amounts to interference"

28 Aug 15:49
I was advised reliably that a politician committed the letter leak to newspapers.

28 Aug 15:48
My engagement with Zuma in the last five years has been in line with an appreciation for my office, TM says. She mentions that his office was very helpful in one of her first investigations.

28 Aug 15:47

TM says Chapter 9 institutions are "an essential part of the architecture of the Constitution".

It's as if she's reminding the country, and ANC in particular, why her office was formed in the first place. And that the ANC itself called for its formation.

28 Aug 15:46
Madonsela says the difficult part of transforming state is it introduces horizontal accountability.

28 Aug 15:45
We've been on the democracy road for 20 years. Mandela and co left several trails for us. - TM. She then mentions a Mandela quote about the rule of law.

28 Aug 15:43
Why are we stumbling then, TM asks as she looks up at reporters.

28 Aug 15:43
TM now quotes ANC when it first proposed the formation of the office of the public protector to protect the public.

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