PUBLIC Protector Thuli Madonsela yesterday replied to allegations intended to get her fired in the intensifying war in which her deputy, Mamiki Shai, is believed to be her principal antagonist.
Two dossiers have been compiled by people in Madonsela's organisation and sent to parliament, the Sunday Times revealed yesterday.
The documents allege, among other things, that she has been dismissive of criticism, has not followed prescribed procedures and has a "Hollywood" approach to investigations.
Shai revealed at the weekend that she had been involved in the communication with parliament, Madonsela said.
Madonsela's statement read: "The public protector learnt officially from the deputy public protector with much surprise that she had been one of those sending letters to parliament."
Madonsela said this was in conflict with an undertaking made to parliament of which Shai was aware.
Madonsela has been lambasted for not being impartial by several prominent politicians, including Minister of Higher Education Blade Nzimande.
At the heart of the allegations is her appearance at a DA rally earlier this year.
ANC spokesman Keith Khoza yesterday repeated that "it is inappropriate for the public protector to be openly associated with a political party".
Madonsela again yesterday denied that her impartiality had been compromised and set out a 13-point defence refuting all the allegations against her. – The Times