EFF complains about ANC 'attack' on Madonsela

2015-05-01 14:53
Thuli Madonsela (Lerato Maduna, Netwerk24)

Thuli Madonsela (Lerato Maduna, Netwerk24)

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Johannesburg – The EFF on Friday said it would lodge a complaint over the way Public Protector Thuli Madonsela was treated by ANC MPs during a briefing to a parliamentary committee this week.

“During her appearance, the Public Protector was subject to personal, unprofessional and unparliamentary attacks by members of the justice portfolio committee, particularly its chairperson honourable Mathole Motshekga,” Economic Freedom Fighters Chief Whip Floyd Shivambu wrote in the complaint, addressed to National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete.

The EFF said MPs on Wednesday accused Madonsela of working with the Democratic Alliance, coerced her into apologising for making comments on a high court judgment, prevented her from conferring with her deputy, and “rudely insisted” that she finish answering questions. 

Motshekga led the “personal and unparliamentary attacks” on her and she was subjected to a “childish interrogation” that undermined her office.

“We therefore write to you to request that Parliament investigates the conduct of members of the justice portfolio committee, in particular its chairperson, with the view of determining whether this conduct falls within acceptable parliamentary rules and practices,” Shivambu said.

Netwerk 24 reported on Wednesday that the DA, ACDP, and EFF came to her defence.

The ANC accused her of undermining the justice system, wasting tax money, submitting a flawed report to Parliament, and not having control over her office's finances.

In a statement, the ANC Chief Whip’s office said: “Our members are merely conducting oversight.”

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