South Africa 20.3.2014 12:22 pm

Madonsela ‘humbled’ by the people’s trust

FILE PICTURE: Public protector Thuli Madonsela poses for pictures with The Citizen during an in-depth interview at the protectors offices in Pretoria. Picture: Refilwe Modise

FILE PICTURE: Public protector Thuli Madonsela poses for pictures with The Citizen during an in-depth interview at the protectors offices in Pretoria. Picture: Refilwe Modise

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has been humbled by the trust displayed towards her by the people of South Africa after the release of the “Nkandlagate” report.

Speaking to The Citizen following the release of her report yesterday, she said despite the comments made against her, she was “happy” at the reaction towards her office from the “people of South Africa”.

“The trust has been completely humbling and unexpected.”

She indicated that she would not let these “attacks” affect her personally.

“When people are afraid they kick as hard as they can, they don’t always think about who they are kicking. They just kick whatever is perceived as a threat.”

While Madonsela was “happy” at the conclusion of the report after a two year long investigation, she said there were many other cases however that needed to be completed before March 31.

The “few” with mixed reactions however, had been misled into thinking that there were political considerations within her investigation. Madonsela has been previously accused of aligning herself with the DA, with the ANC Youth League charging that she was an “agent” of the party.

The explosive report found that President Jacob Zuma allowed for the use of public funds for security upgrades to his Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu Natal.

Madonsela has recommended that Zuma repay some of the expenditure for certain elaborate renovations to his private property.

“There was a time where it really did concern me, and I did find some of the comments to be inconsiderate. I didn’t like the fact that they were trying to insult the office. My staff members work here, and they work hard,” she said.

“So when people insult me they feel insulted… That I did find quite disturbing.”

 

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