ANC bemoans attacks on protector

2012-03-19 21:07

Johannesburg - The ANC on Monday questioned the way allegations of corruption within the office of the public protector were presented in news media.

ANC Chief Whip Mathole Motshekga said the party was concerned over the claims but believe "the reckless manner with which they have been raised only serves to undermine their legitimacy and authenticity".

The New Age reported last week that there was an uprising in Thuli Madonsela's office over these allegations, contained in an anonymous 12-page document, allegedly by a group of employees.

Madonsela's CEO Themba Mthethwa was reportedly at the centre of the allegations. Madonsela reacted by describing some allegations as "wild" but said she would investigate.

"Many of the answers are immediately available. They are not true," she said.

Motshekga questioned the intentions of this anonymous group of disgruntled members of staff who went to the media.

"It seems [it's] designed to impugn the integrity of one of the most important institutions supporting our constitutional democracy and the person who heads it."

He commended Madonsela for instituting an investigation on these allegations.

  • Lacrimose - 2012-03-19 21:26

    "Many of the answers are immediately available. They are not true,". So answers must be accepted, true or not? (mind boggling). If people are seeking other ways to express their unhappiness, p'haps, just maybe, the processes you have in place are not working? I wouldn't be happy with 'untrue' answers either!

      Atholl - 2012-03-20 06:58

      Lacrimose you are confusing the core of the matter. The ISSUE : 'uprising in Thuli Madonsela's office over ALLEGATIONS, contained in an anonymous 12-page document, allegedly by a group of employees' ..... ie ... Public Protector employees who tarnish their OWN office / their OWN {NEW} 'executive' officer - Thuli Madonsela. The RESPONSE - (by the {NEW} executive - adv Madonsela) ... that the defence (answers) to refute the allegations (to tarnish the {NEW} executive) as untrue is easily available. ---------- ----------- -------- IOW - there is a mole within the pub protector's office who stirs up dirt in order to lessen the credibility and consequently the trust and respect of the {NEW} public protector. A good place to start would be to find out who was the lap dog of the {OLD} protector - the {OLD} protector who failed in his/her job. Don't confuse the issue with confusing conclusions : Confucius Say : ................ 'Blind man pooping can't see sh t.'

  • Cracker - 2012-03-19 21:36

    Just as long as this incident is not used as one of the motivations for muzzling the press and revealing the sources. No problem. But why is the ANC (the political party) now involved in this? Red lights! Propaganda!

  • kobie.nel1 - 2012-03-19 22:03

    Check out the video especialy.

  • Piet - 2012-03-19 22:17

    More and more you start to sound like the nats, when are you introducing pass laws?

  • An observer - 2012-03-19 22:19

    Again the ANC are indulging in "smoke and mirrors". They "tokenly" seem to support Madam Madonsela, but while the very institution that she is upholding, the constitution, the ANC are planning to destroy. I call a spade, a spade.

      Cracker - 2012-03-19 22:58


  • Rubin Frieslaar - 2012-03-20 07:50

    Da beter you starts doing you job.da faster they want to get rid of you.what a same!!!!!!!!!

  • Ryan - 2012-03-20 13:16

    No doubt another cynical attempt by Zuma and his circle of cronies to undermine this beacon of accountability.

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