South Africa’s heroine and Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has revealed that she is being investigated by the NPA and the Hawks. She made this known while speaking to reporters in Pretoria.
The defiant protector, who spoke after the Constitutional Court’s ruling on Thursday morning said, “I would celebrate if the NPA [National Prosecuting Authority] and the Hawks at least by tonight would send a report that says they will stop investigating me.”
“You do know I am being investigated with a potential of prosecution for holding this view that my powers are binding.”
Public Protector Madonsela had maintained that Zuma must heed to her recommendation on his Nkandla homestead upgrades. However, following today’s judgement, it was found that Madonsela’s remedial action was binding. The court told President Zuma to personally pay back the money for some of the upgrades, following a determination by the National Treasury.
The Constitutional Court also found that the National Assembly had acted incorrectly when it set aside Madonsela’s report.
Meanwhile, Madonsela said she was hoping to get a final answer from the Hawks on the investigation.
“They have put a very senior team from the Hawks, which is supposed to investigate organised crime, to investigate what I said. If this will trigger them giving me a report that says I’m not a criminal, I’m a public protector, I will be happy,” She said.
Meanwhile, the NPA has refuted Madonsela’s claims saying that the organization has no knowledge of Madonsela’s claims.
NPA spokesperson Bulelwa Makeke made this known on his Twitter page. “The NPA doesn’t investigate. I confirm that the NPA knows of no such investigation,” Makeke tweeted.