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Public protector says award confirms to the public protector team that they are part of a critical mass committed to ensuring a state that is accountable PUBLIC Protector Thuli Madonsela on Wednesday thanked Gupta-owned African News Network 7 (ANN7) for selecting her as its inaugural "South African of The Year" at an award ceremony this past weekend.This comes as Ms Madonsela’s office is at the centre of a political storm with the African National Congress and some of its allies over her investigation of more than R240m spent on President Jacob Zuma’s private residence in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal.She has endured attacks from staunch Zuma supporters, including Deputy Defence Minister Kebby Maphatsoe , who reportedly accused Ms Madonsela of being a Central Intelligence Agency spy and later retracted the statement.The morale of in the public protector’s office also came under the spotlight when it emerged that its CEO Themba Mthethwa and its chief financial officer Dumisani Dlamini had r...

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