Maphatsoe’s apology came too late: Analyst

Thuli Madonsela demanded that Kerbby Maphatsoe apologise or face legal action for contempt of the Public Protector Act.(SABC)

Independent Political Analyst, Professor Somadoda Fikeni says Deputy Defence Minister and MKVA Chairperson Kerbby Maphatsoe’s apology for his scathing attack on the Public Protector came after a delayed period.

Maphatsoe retracted his controversial statements against Thuli Madonsela on Tuesday. He however insists he never labelled Madonsela a “CIA spy”.

The deputy defence minister has been under pressure to apologise after the comments he made over the weekend.

His comments against the Public Protector were sparked by her report into President Jacob Zuma’s private residence in Nkandla.

Speaking on AM Live, Fikeni says Maphatsoe’s utterances have much bigger implications because of his position as the deputy minister of defence.

Meanwhile, Chairperson of Parliament’s Ad-Hoc Committee on Nkandla and African National Congress, Member of Parliament, Cedric Frolick says the committee will strive to complete its work promptly as the matter is urgent.


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