Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has stressed her office has no constitutional prerogative to remove the president.

The announcement comes after she was embroiled in an online petition calling for President Jacob Zuma to step down.

Madonsela took to social media yesterday, to the clear up the matter, saying she regrets any perceptions that may have been created to suggest she is the driving force behind the movement.

She says she is neither the initiator of the petition nor does she have anything to do with it.

The Public Protector was first contacted by petition organiser Brent Lindeque on Sunday after he messaged her via Twitter seeking help from her office.

Lindeque says the petition is in support of the president’s resignation after what he calls a series of ‘actions and decisions that are ruining the country’.

But despite the more than 106,000 signatures in favour of the movement, Madonsela says her hands are tied.

She says there is nothing her office can do, except forward the petition to the president and Parliament.

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