No need to apologise to Madonsela - Parliament committee chair

2016-04-07 11:30
Public Protector Thuli Madonsela at her offices in Pretoria. (Leon Sadiki, City Press)

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela at her offices in Pretoria. (Leon Sadiki, City Press)

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Cape Town – Opposition parties on Thursday implored Parliament’s justice committee to apologise to Public Protector Thuli Madonsela for how she was treated last year during the same meeting.

But the chairperson, and the ruling party, did not see this as necessary.

Before the meeting started, DA MP Werner Horn said the committee needed to apologise to Madonsela, in the wake of the Constitutional Court ruling on Nkandla, for the reception she received in the committee last year.

When she appeared in front of the committee in 2015, Madonsela faced a hostile reception from the ruling party MPs, who berated her for her "incomplete presentation".

She was attacked for hours for comments she had made in the public sphere about the powers of her office.

Horn said on Thursday that, given that the Constitutional Court had made her powers clear, the committee should apologise to the Public Protector.

"We need to apologise and try and normalise relationships with this very important Chapter 9 institution," he said.

ACDP MP Steve Swart concurred.

"We need to apologise to the Public Protector for the manner in which she was treated."

Swart threw the chairperson’s 2015 words back at him, where he had rubbished Madonsela’s report on President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla homestead.

Committee chairperson Mathole Motshekga said the committee had not been in front of the court, only Parliament and the president.

ANC MP Bongani Bongo said he did not think they had to apologise for anything at all.

"It’s like when the judgment of the lower court is dismissed by the higher court. We must concentrate on issues in front of us," he said.

ANC MP Chana Pilane-Majake agreed.

"Maybe the DA wants to apologise for something and they should."

Read more on:    thuli madonsela  |  cape town  |  nkandla upgrade  |  parliament 2016

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