Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

South Africa: A New Addition to the Communist Manifesto - the Right to Insult the Public Protector

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The leak of details of public protector's provisional report on the upgrade of President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla estate has increased the political pressure on Thuli Madonsela. Not only does she has to keep fighting attempts to intimidate her and frustrate the public release of her report, all indications are that government is gearing to challenge her findings and force her to whitewash the final version.

Now her biggest detractors, the South African Communist Party (SACP), has weighed in, calling for legislation which currently makes it "unlawful" to insult the public protector or her deputy to be changed. This from the people who brought you the proposal for an "anti-insult law" to protect the president.

The SACP had just over a hundred words in its media statement about its own campaigns to keep the party active in communities. It had about six times that amount of words dedicated to the office of the public protector - which itself says a lot.

The party, which held a Central Committee meeting over the weekend, is no fan of Thuli Madonsela. They have previous called her "counter-revolutionary" and said she "behaves as if she is above the law and the Constitution"....

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