Nkandla report application postponed

By Drum Digital
08 November 2013

An urgent application to prevent Public Protector Thuli Mandonsela from releasing her provisional report on President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead was postponed.

An urgent application to prevent Public Protector Thuli Mandonsela from releasing her provisional report on President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead was postponed in the High Court in Pretoria on Friday. William Mokhari, SC, for the security cluster, said Madonsela was served an application for the interdict on Friday morning. "This was served... to interdict her from releasing the... so-called Nkandla report tomorrow [Saturday] pending the applicants having made comments on security issues that arise from it," he said. "We understand that the respondent [Madonsela] needs some time to file opposing papersand we have no objection to that." He said the parties came to an agreement. "The first item [of the agreement] is that the matter be postponed to the 15th of November 2013," he said.

"The respondent is to file the answering affidavit by Tuesday... and the applicants shall deliver replying affidavits by 1700 hours [5pm] on Wednesday." The parties would file heads of argument by noon on Thursday. "[There is also]... an undertaking by the respondent [Madonsela] not to release the provisional report pending the finalisation of the application." Judge Sulet Potterill said the draft order of the agreement was made an order ofcourt. She said the matter would be heard at 10am on November 15.

Madonsela's office said earlier that the protector was due to receive comments on the report from organs of state within the security cluster on Friday.

This followed a special request made by the organs of state in question to have access to the report ahead of all other parties, to establish if the contents of the report would compromise Zuma's security.

"The report was shared with the said parties on November 1, with a return date of Wednesday. The deadline was subsequently extended to Friday, following a request from the organs of state concerned," it said.

-by Sapa

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