INTERVIEW: Madonsela suspects agenda is behind her pension cut


The investigation by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela was to be unveiled in Pretoria before she steps down from a job in which she has regularly clashed with the president.

JOHANNESBURG - Former Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela has set the record straight on the war of words with her successor.

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Almost R500,000 was deducted from her pension over an issue concerning her official car. "It does seem she has an issue with me," Madonsela said.

According Busisiwe Mkhwebane, her successor, there are valid reasons for the decision.

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Madonsela, who spoke candidly with eNCA's Xoli Mngambi, believes she's being targeted for her State of Capture report.

She said she get's the feeling she's being punished and the victim of a vengeful attack. Madonsela said she feels she's being made to pay back for what she did to President Zuma, or more specifically "what those forces thought I did to President Zuma."

"I have no evidence but I suspect that either President Zuma or people linked to him are behind what's happening at the Public Protector's office," she said.

"I have no evidence but I suspect that the State Security Agency is behind some of the things that happened in my office before the Public Protector was appointed and what has happened since then," Madonsela added.

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The Presidency, meanwhile, has issued a statement saying it's "outraged by the use of the president's name in the Public Protector's remuneration issues."

It says that President Zuma is not involved with salaries or conditions of service of the Public Protector, but rather that these are determined by Parliament.