The African National Congress (ANC) has expressed its concerns today about the letter of the Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, in response to President Jacob Zuma`s report to Parliament.
According to the ANC, the letter of the Public Protector can be interpreted as undermining the Parliamentary process, it`s authority to process the manner and its attendant competencies.
“It does appear that while the Public Protector has submitted her report to Parliament she has no confidence in the institution and its independence as the arm of state,” said the party.
“With reluctance, the ANC suspect that the Public Protector has dealt with the investigation as a personal matter outside of the Constitutional mandate of the office.”
The ANC calls on the Public Protector to desist from playing into the gallery and respect other Constitutional entities to fulfill their role without interference and undue pressure.
“We are confident that Parliament and its committees will act in the interest of public good and we do not doubt their bonafides.”
“The extraordinary conduct of the Public Protector raises questions about her neutrality on this matter which might undermine the credibility of her conduct or the intentions of her report,” the ANC said.
The ANC reaffirms its belief on the Chapter 9 institutions and their role to deepen democracy and accountability of government.
“We urge the Public Protector not to undermine the role of this office by her conduct which is contradictory to her recommendations that parliament must process her report and that of the President.”