Following the release of the former Public Protector’s report – despite Zuma’s attempts at blocking its release –, the Zuma camp has pushed to discredit Madonsela, even going so far as to suggest a judicial review of the report.
Madonsela – who left South Africa in the hands of Busisiwe Mkhwebane, a candidate who’s made a few worrying moves since her appointment, leading many to believe the DA’s accusations that she was deployed to the position by none other than Zuma himself – on Sunday also said she apologises if she ever made Zuma feel as if she had a personal vendetta against him.
While her State of Capture report clearly said the judge president should appoint a judge to head up a commission of enquiry into the findings of the report, the ANC conveniently chose to overlook that little detail; as secretary general Gwede Mantashe pushed for a review of the report, adding that it would help clarify who has the power to appoint the judge who would decide Zuma and his besties’ fate.
Thuli, in response, said taking the report under review wouldn’t achieve anything.
“As a citizen of this country my advice, unsolicited of course, to anyone who is impacted or affected by this report is, don’t make the same mistakes that were made with Nkandla. Taking the report on review is not going to help anyone.”
“Even if I did make mistakes, surely the judiciary will make a determination eventually. The best remedy to those mistakes is the commission of inquiry because if you look at the report nothing is concluded,” Madonsela said.
“The commission of inquiry, having heard the unfinished story, will then say whatever appeared to look in a particular way is not true and didn’t happen in the manner the previous report seemed to suggest.”