ANC Women's League attacks Public Protector

2016-04-13 09:18


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

Johannesburg - In its continued defence of President Jacob Zuma, the ANC Women's League (ANCWL) took aim at his detractors in an open letter on Wednesday; specifically Public Protector Thuli Madonsela.

- Read the full statement here.

After accusing religious leaders of "political opportunism" when they called for Zuma to step down, the ANCWL zoomed in on former finance minister Trevor Manuel, his wife and Barclays Africa Group CEO Maria Ramos, and the Ruperts.

"We, the ANC Women's League remain steadfast in the course to stand and lead at the front to protect the African National Congress," secretary general Meokgo Matuba said in a statement.

Matuba said the ANCWL was critical of Madonsela personally, but still respected the office.

She claimed that in 2011, Madonsela proclaimed to investigate the Ciex report, which was commissioned by the apartheid government and implicated Absa bank in corruption. However, nothing had come of this investigation.

"We demand a more objective and less populist person who will not campaign against government and its people, but defend principles of the structures," Matuba said of Madonsela.


Johann Rupert had called for Zuma to resign following the Constitutional Court judgment which found he violated the Constitution for ignoring Madonsela's remedial action on his private Nkandla homestead.

Matuba claimed Rupert's Rembrandt Group had gained unlawfully from the apartheid government.

She criticised Manuel for his role in Barclays Group Ltd's purchase of Absa in early 2000. She claimed Barclays funded the apartheid government with “billions”, which were used to kill ANC operatives, PAC/Azapo combatants and civilians.

Matuba said the deal would not have been possible without Manuel's approval.

The ANCWL was adamant that former president Thabo Mbeki had introduced the Gupta family to Zuma, despite the former president denying this earlier in the week.

Matuba went into Ramos's history and her link with the Rupert family. She said the wealthy family had hosted Ramos and Manuel's wedding at one of their vineyards in Stellenbosch.

"In note of all the above, we have forgiven our leader, comrade President Jacob Zuma and remain steadfast in our quest, for economic freedom and equality alongside President Jacob Zuma," she said.

Read more on:    anc  |  ancwl  |  thuli madonsela  |  trevor manuel  |  jacob zuma  |  maria ramos  |  politics

Join the conversation! 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.

Inside News24

Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.

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 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.