Nkandla report row 'not healthy': Madonsela

By Drum Digital
20 November 2013

Madonsela said her office and government now had the task of rebuilding trust and putting the unfortunate court drama behind them.

Things could have been handled differently - in hindsight - around the provisional report on Nkandla, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela said on Wednesday.

"It did not sit well with me to read in newspapers that my office was fighting with the ministers," she told reporters in Pretoria.

"Such conduct is not healthy."

The security cluster of ministers tried to assert their right to vet the provisional report on security upgrades at President Jacob Zuma's private Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal, Madonsela said.

In the event of a deadlock they wanted the court to tell the public protector what to remove and what to keep in the report.

"This is at odds with the Constitution," she said.

"I'm saddened that it landed up in court."

"Organs of state have a constitutional responsibility to help my office to live up to its constitutional mandate."

She said she received a 28-page response from the cluster ministers on Friday, as promised.

"On Friday... I received a 28-page submission from the minister of police on behalf of the security cluster of ministers.

"The document had submissions that indicate that in the opinion of the ministers there are provisions in the provisional report that constitute a security breach."

-by Sapa

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