Statement from Archbishop Tutu on the Public Protector – 20 March 2014

Statement from Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu

We commend our Public Protector, Ms Thuli Madonsela, for her courage in investigating and reporting without fear or favour on the +R200m upgrade to President Jacob Zuma’s residential complex in Nkandla.

The suggestion by the ruling party and its allies that the timing of the release of the report was a political ploy by the Public Protector to influence the looming general election is a scandalous nonsense.

Had the Public Protector just completed an important investigation involving the leader of the DA or the EFF, for example, would the ruling party accuse her of politicking? Probably not.

No, the truth is that had the Public Protector deliberately withheld information about Nkandla she would have been guilty of a fatal bias in favour of the ruling party, and she would have been guilty of denying the people’s right to know and make informed choices.

We hope that patriotic South Africans of integrity and decency, of whom there are many, will respond appropriately to the Public Protector’s report. We hope that they will act with principle rather than slide into the quicksand of feeble excuses.

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This statement was released for the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation by Oryx Media.