“It is with deep dismay that we have observed the responses of the president and the African National Congress to the report of the public protector on the Nkandla project, and the degeneration of these responses to a personal level,” it said in a statement.
“We express our unwavering support for the office of the public protector… and applaud her courage and her integrity.”
Madonsela has come under attack from the ANC and some alliance structures ever since sending a letter to President Jacob Zuma last month asking him for details of when he would respond to recommendations in her report on the upgrades at his home at Nkandla, in KwaZulu-Natal.
The council said it wished there were more people in public office with Madonsela’s integrity and courage.
“We urge those whom we supported in the days of the struggle against the evil monster of apartheid to not disappoint us now and take us into their version of a ‘monster state’ in which all are afraid to speak their mind and undertake their tasks with courage and integrity,” it said.
“Respect the office of the public protector and the person appointed to maintain our integrity as a nation, and deal with those who do not.”