My safety not threatened: Madonsela

By Drum Digital
20 November 2013

The safety of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela and her job is not threatened following the investigation into President Jacob Zuma's private residence.

The safety of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela and her job is not threatened following the investigation into President Jacob Zuma's private residence, she said on Wednesday.

"I don't think my safety is under threat, I have not been threatened in any way," Madonsela told reporters in Pretoria.

"No one has done nothing to fire me... I forgive people in the understanding that perhaps they speak too fast and do not have the opportunity to read."

Madonsela was discussing her provisional report on Zuma's Nkandla residence.

She said she did not foresee the matter coming to court.

"Never in my wildest dream did I foresee that."

The provisional report is on Madonsela's investigation into the R206 million security upgrade to President Jacob Zuma's private Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal.

Last week, the security cluster withdrew its urgent court bid to prevent Madonsela from releasing the provisional report to affected, implicated, and interested parties for comment.

Madonsela's provisional report was given to the cluster on November 1.

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

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said in a founding affidavit that Zuma's safety would be compromised if Madonsela released the provisional report without state comment.

-by Sapa

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