President Jacob Zuma speaking during Bishop of the Methodist Church Ivan Abrahams' Farewell Gala Dinner at the Emperors Palace in Johannesburg on November 19, 2011.
JOHANNESBURG - The DA accused President Jacob Zuma on Thursday of undermining Public Protector Thuli Madonsela in his full three-page letter sent to National Assembly Speaker Max Sisulu.
The Democratic Alliance said it was in possession of the letter, which it said was included in Parliament&39;s Announcements, Tablings and Committees (ATC) document.
In the letter, Zuma wrote there were "stark differences" in the findings and the remedial action proposed by Madonsela&39;s report and that of the inter-ministerial task team.
"This is clear from the reports as well as very public pronouncements made by the respective parties," he wrote.
"In my experience in government I have not encountered such an anomaly."
The DA said the response seemed to be attempting to "cook up" a narrative about the validity of Madonsela&39;s report.
The opposition party accused Zuma of using the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) as a "king-maker finding" to break an invented deadlock between the two reports on the security upgrades to his private home in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal.
Last month, Madonsela found Zuma and his family unduly benefited from security upgrades to his homestead and recommended that he pay back a percentage of the non-security upgrades.
The DA said on Thursday it was seeking legal opinion on whether it could force Zuma to abide by the Public Protector&39;s recommendations.
"The DA will not let the president undermine the Office of the Public Protector, or escape accountability," the party said.
"He owes South Africa a full explanation and Parliament must now use its powers to ensure that this happens."