Court’s final verdict on Zuma’s Nkandla home today is not only a joyous experience to opposition parties but also to public prosecutor Thuli Madonsela who supposedly has her final job well-done before she vacates the seat as public prosecutor.
Overwhelmed by the judgement passed against President Zuma forcing him to pay back the money used to refurbish his home in Nkandla, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela says today’s Concourt ruling is a victory for every South African who turns to her office to hold government accountable.
Briefing the media at her workplace in Pretoria this afternoon, Madonsela said she is happy as the court’s ruling has re-affirmed the powers of the Public Protector.
“Today is the day the Constitutional Court restored hope in the constitutional dream for every ‘Gogo Dlamini’ out there, who needs to rely on the Public Protector to hold government accountable for improper conduct that may have wronged her.”
The public prosecutor had earlier in her investigation noted that about R10 million was used by President Zuma on his home and must be paid back into the nation’s account.
To this, the Constitutional Court ordered that National Treasury to within 60 days, come up with a reasonable amount for Zuma to pay back. The court added that the president failed to “uphold, defend and respect” the Constitution as the supreme law of the land and has been ordered to pay back the money.
Explaining why the day would be historic in South Africa, Madonsela said: “It is historic because our Constitutional Court, the ultimate guardians of our Constitution, has confirmed the supremacy of the Constitution and the rule of law in this country.”
She said the Concourt ruling in South Africa, ordering President Jacob Zuma to respect the Public Protector’s directive and that it had proven that the law applies to everyone, despite their office or status.
“The role of a public protector is to see your blind spots”, says Madonsela. We thank the Constitutional Court for the groundbreaking decision,”she added.