Former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has reminded Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane that she was appointed to attend to the plights of the masses, and not to act like Zuma’s lapdog.
According to the endearing advocate, Busisiwe Mkhwebane must, at all times, prove to the people that she isn’t Zuma’s puppet, by protecting the people instead of the President.
She added that complaints filed with the office of the Public Protector should be treated with dignity, fairness, and moral principles, and not the other way round.
“I must say that the presidency should be careful about what it gets the new public protector to do. For her own sake, she mustn’t be put in a position where she is seen as the president’s protector.
She has a job to do and I think her job is to protect people. The presidency and particularly the president should not make it appear she is there to protect the president,” Madonsela said.
The Nkandla biggest winner was reacting to Zuma’s complaint filed against her in the office of the Public Protector last week.
On November 7, Zuma lodged a complaint with the office of the new Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane. In the complaint, Zuma requested the office to clarify its policy on the release of the audio recording of his interview with Madonsela on October 6.
The audio recording of the high-profile interview was leaked to one of the top media houses. The four-hour interview centered on Zuma’s roles on the alleged state capture by the Gupta family while the transcript of the lengthy interview was allegedly leaked to South Africa’s broadcaster the eNCA.
Nonetheless, Madonsela has remained unapologetic about her action. She maintained that the reason why she leaked the audio recording was to prove to the world that she actually gave Zuma enough time to answer her tactful 42 questions on State capture – Zuma had previously claimed that Madonsela didn’t give her enough time to go through the questions, thus, the reason why he interdicted the release of the report.
Last week Zuma released a statement calling on Madonsela to back off from attacking him and his government. The President urged her to refrain from making further statements on the state capture report since her tenure has come to an end.
Nevertheless, many described Zuma’s ‘autocratic’ statement as appalling and baseless.