Mpumalanga MEC has used a government platform to accuse Public Protector Thuli Madonsela of being an agent sent to destroy President Jacob Zuma and the ANC.
Culture, sport and recreation MEC Norah Mahlangu-Mabena was addressing thousands of women at Masoyi in Mshadza near Hazyview during the closing of Women’s Month over the weekend.
“Here is a woman who has been sent and we do not know where she is coming from, Ma’am Public Protector. No… that one has been sent.
Even when she is alone she doesn’t sleep during the night; she does not sleep because she has pressure. She has no peace; we need to help her,” said Mahlangu-Mabena, to loud cheers.
Mahlangu-Mabena, who was speaking in isiNdebele, said Madonsela’s report into the president’s homestead in Nkandla, Secure In Comfort, absolved Zuma of any wrongdoing.
“She will present her report in a way that suits those who sent her. The report is clear that the President did not have a hand (in the upgrades at Nkandla) but he is being made to run. She doesn’t tell them that he is not guilty of anything.
That is why they are making noise (and banging) tables saying they want their money. When did they work for that money?”
she said, in reference to the Economic Freedom Fighters’ “pay back the money” demands in the National Assembly last month.
MEC Mahlangu-Mabena said God saved former President Nelson Mandela from seeing the results of the April 2014 elections.
“Our country is celebrating Women’s Month for the first time without Tata Madiba. When I am alone, I say to myself, God knew that in 2014 we would have elections. The way our people have taken a backseat in voting… there would be a problem of people who would cause a mess in parliament.
God took Tata to protect him from seeing this,” said Mahlangu-Mabena.
The MEC called on women to stop anyone who wants to take power away from the ruling party.
“Our parliamentarians are being raided; they are under siege… How do women end this madness?
How do we stop someone who is mad in parliament, embarrassing South Africa? South Africa needs strong women to stop this,” she said. “People are trying to take over.
They tried to do it before the elections. That’s why they were making (Independent Electoral Commission chairwoman) Pansy Tlakula run.”
Madonsela’s spokeswoman Kgalalelo Masibi promised to respond to the allegations made against the Public Protector.