The Public Protector Advocate Thuli Madonsela has provided the Deputy Defence Minister Kebby Maphatsoe with 72 hours to withdraw his statement or face having explain himself in court.
Maphatsoe claimed that Madonsela was being used by the foreign intelligence agencies – including the CIA – to destroy the image of President Jacob Zuma and the African National Congress (ANC).
Last Sunday, Maphatsoe promised to provide details linking Madonsela to the CIA at the media briefing held yesterday, but he failed to do so.
ANC has noted requests for comment on the remarks made by Maphatsoe about the Public Protector.
The ANC has no information at its disposal to comment further on the matter.
“As the ANC we reaffirm our support and confidence in the institutions established to promote and safeguard our democracy, notably the Office of the Public Protector,” said the ANC spokesperson.
“It is our unwavering belief that those who lead these important institutions should be able to conduct their work unhindered and without any fear or favour.”