Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s reaction to criticism of her attendance at a Women’s Day event organised by the DA was disappointing, the ANC said on Wednesday.
“We had expected (Madonsela) to at least demonstrate appreciation that perceptions of political bias have the potential to erode the integrity of the institution and the excellent work she has done,” ANC chief whip Mathole Motshekga said in a statement.
“We thought that she will, rather than take a defensive posture and appear irritated at our observations, acknowledge our well-intentioned advice.”
Madonsela said on Monday she was unfazed by the criticism.
She told an internal audit conference in Johannesburg her presence was part of her mandate, and was aimed at gaining and maintaining confidence from concerned parties.
“I must indicate that we do not arbitrarily adapt our operations because one stakeholder or group wants things done their way,” she said.
Motshekga said it was unfortunate Madonsela did not realise her credibility was largely dependent on the kind of company she kept.
“The notion that because she has performed excellently since taking office she is therefore incapable of being wrong is misguided,” he said.
“Our highlighting of these mistakes when they happen is not intended to tarnish her reputation or rubbish the good work she continues to do.”
Motshekga said he would try meet with Madonsela so the two could attempt to better understand one another on the matter. – Sapa