Johannesburg - Attacks on Public Protector Thuli Madonsela continued on Wednesday, with the Eastern Cape ANC accusing her of “political grandstanding”.
The provincial executive committee expressed concern over the “sensational and melodramatic” way Madonsela conducted herself around the report.
This follows a briefing from Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula on the issue.
“The manner in which she (Madonsela) has carried herself around this particular report suggests she is a manipulated person. We think she should refrain from political grandstanding by focusing on her work, conduct and behaviour as prescribed by the constitution and the Public Protector Act,” said provincial ANC chairman Phumulo Masualle.
He said the party strongly believed that any institution that conducted its work must do so within the confines of the constitution and laws governing it, “but not in a sensational and melodramatic way”.
“All of us have a responsibility to protect the institutions of democracy, which were created by the ANC government, including the public protector. We must protect the public protector from manipulation by anyone and from interests outside the constitution of this country, especially political interests by the opposition and the media,” said Masualle.
“We express our unwavering support to President Jacob Zuma and we add our voice to the calls that the report be released to the public through the platforms of the public protector and not through leaks to the media…
“We feel that the saga of the report is victimising the rights of the president and his family,” Masualle added.