Madonsela plans to sue woman for 'substantial amount of money' over 'spy' tweets

accreditation
Former public protector Thuli Madonsela. (Supplied)
Former public protector Thuli Madonsela. (Supplied)

Former public protector Thuli Madonsela says that she will be suing someone who tweeted about her for a substantial amount of money, for defaming her and putting her in danger.

Speaking to various media houses at the University of KwaZulu-Natal's spring graduation, Madonsela said court papers would be filed in the coming weeks.

She, however, declined to name the person who, in August, accused her of being a "spy".

"They know who they are. As soon as I have filed the court papers, then we will indicate who the person is."

She said that she would be claiming more than R500 000 in the matter.

"As to how much I am going to claim, I am not going to claim half a million, because the damage is done to my reputation, but also the danger these people keep putting me in is far more than half a million. So, I will be suing her for a substantial amount of money."

She added: "I will file court papers in coming weeks."

According to Madonsela, the person tweeted that she was a spy paid by George Soros and others.

The former public protector said she would donate any money from the legal action to the Action for Inclusion fund which seeks to ensure students are not financially excluded from studying.

Madonsela was full of smiles at the graduation on Thursday, where she received her eighth honourary doctorate.

She was joined by the likes of Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng and Premier Sihle Zikalala, who completed his master's degree in commerce.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Lockdown For
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Voting Booth
Matric results are out! Are you happy with your child's result?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
No, the pandemic really messed up their ability to focus
33% - 578 votes
Yes, they did well given the circumstances
67% - 1172 votes
Vote
Rand - Dollar
15.25
+0.1%
Rand - Pound
20.60
-0.0%
Rand - Euro
17.23
+0.3%
Rand - Aus dollar
10.91
-0.1%
Rand - Yen
0.13
+0.1%
Gold
1,848.54
+0.3%
Silver
23.84
-0.6%
Palladium
2,204.50
+2.7%
Platinum
1,032.50
-0.1%
Brent Crude
86.27
-1.9%
Top 40
65,870
+0.3%
All Share
72,315
+0.2%
Resource 10
72,883
+1.9%
Industrial 25
89,867
-1.2%
Financial 15
14,799
+0.6%
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.

LEARN MORE