Madonsela refuses Nkandla report extension

By Drum Digital
12 November 2013

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela is unwilling to leave her Nkandla report in the hands of government security departments for too long, her office said .

For this reason she declined their request for more than five days to study the document, her spokesman Oupa Segalwe said in a statement.

"She was... concerned that leaving the report in the hands of the security cluster for an unduly extended period would prejudice... those that she has made provisional adverse findings against and those she has quoted as having provided her with evidence...."

The affected people had not yet received the provisional report.

"It would also not be in the public interest if the security cluster has exclusive possession of the report," said Segalwe.

Madonsela's provisional report on security improvements to President Jacob Zuma's residence at Nkandla, in KwaZulu-Natal, was given to the state security cluster on November 1.

This followed a special request that it have access to the report ahead of all other parties, to establish if its contents would compromise Zuma's security. The return date for comments was November 6.

The cluster filed an urgent application on Friday to prevent Madonsela from releasing the report. The High Court in Pretoria postponed the matter to the end of this week.

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