The ANC's attack on the Public Protector is misguided and directly undermines good governance and public accountability of government, and in particular the President.
The PP is empowered in terms of section 182 of the Constitution to take appropriate remedial action when she finds wrongdoing, as she has done in regard to the public works renovations at Nkandla.
The ANC Secretary General's assertion that Madonsela is acting out of political motives and that her actions assume she is above the Constitution, is a tactic to divert attention away from the fact that the President is at risk of placing himself above the Constitution by not respecting her findings nor implementing the remedial action Madonsela has prescribed.
If the Public Protector's assessment is that the President's response to Parliament does not comply with the remedial action she is requiring, then in rejecting his response she is not undermining Parliament nor placing herself above the law. She is ensuring her office fulfils its constitutional mandate to ensure accountability, responsiveness and openness.
Statement released by the office of Dr Max Price, Vice-Chancellor, University of Cape Town
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