Valeska Abreu
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31 Mar 2016
2:55 pm

‘Not my place to decide if Zuma is fit to hold office’

Valeska Abreu

"My job was to protect the public from improper conduct and how it should be fixed. I did so and the Constitutional Court has confirmed I did my job," Madonsela said.

Thuli Madonsela. File picture: Gallo Images / Thapelo Maphakela)

The office of the Public Protector has welcomed the judgment by the Constitutional Court instructing President Jacob Zuma to pay back some money spend on upgrades at his Nkandla home.

Thuli Madonsela released her office’s Nkandla report two years ago, with remedial actions recommending Zuma pay back a portion of the money for non security upgrades at his homestead. Madonsela said the ConCourt’s judgment this morning reaffirmed that the Public Protector’s report was binding.
“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 has wronged her,” said Madonsela.
She said she hoped all uncertainty has now been settled.
“The Public Protector team hopes with the uncertainty regarding the powers of the institution and its relationship with organs of state has been clarified, we can now proceed to work together meaningfully in a partnership for good governance.”
Madonsela said the victory was a victory for the Public Protector office and not her individually. Madonsela said she would not comment if this judgment meant Zuma was unfit to hold office.
“It’s not my place to determine if the President is fit or not. My job was to protect the public from improper conduct and how it should be fixed. I did so and the Constitutional Court has confirmed I did my job, the rest of the job belongs to someone else.”