Not even Zuma is above the law: Madonsela

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South African Public Protector Thuli Madonsela gestures during a briefing with journalists at Reuters offices in Sandton in Johannesburg, South Africa, June 7, 2016.

South African Public Protector Thuli Madonsela gestures during a briefing with journalists at Reuters offices in Sandton in Johannesburg, South Africa, June 7, 2016.

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South African Public Protector Thuli Madonsela gestures during a briefing with journalists at Reuters offices in Sandton in Johannesburg, South Africa, June 7, 2016.

South African Public Protector Thuli Madonsela gestures during a briefing with journalists at Reuters offices in Sandton in Johannesburg, South Africa, June 7, 2016.

JOHANNESBURG - Former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela said the North Gauteng High Court ruling on state capture reinforced that no one is above the law.

In an interview with eNCA on Wednesday night she said the judgment underlined the role of the public protector&39;s office.

“The main thing is the rule of law, that the rule of law is what underpins the constitutional democracy. Nobody is above the law. Everybody is answerable, particularly those who exercise public power. They do so at the will of the people and they are accountable to the people.

The judgment is really reinforcing the responsibility of those exercising public power to be accountable to the public. Secondly, it restates the powers of the public protector, which is to investigate and report on and take appropriate remedial action whenever the exercise of state power has been wrong.”

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The North Gauteng High Court upheld Madonsela&39;s report and recommendations on state capture.