Madonsela: I didn't leak Nkandla report

2013-12-04 15:23
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Pretoria - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has requested a meeting with the ANC following the party’s assertion that her office leaked the report into the Nkandla upgrade.

"You know I didn't leak that report," Madonsela said in response to a question from a reporter at the Mail & Guardian - the newspaper that published details from what it said was Madonsela’s provisional report into the Nkandla upgrade.

“All I know is that I did not leak the report. There is no benefit for me to leak it,” Madonsela said.

She also said that “from where I’m sitting I have no reasons to suspect that the leak was from my office”.

Meeting with ANC

Madonsela added she would be requesting a meeting with the ANC as it is the only party she did not engage with on the Nkandla matter.

The public protector was speaking at a media briefing near Pretoria on Wednesday following a news conference by the ANC at which party secretary general Gwede Mantashe claimed Madonsela’s office leaked details from the provisional report into the Nkandla upgrade to the Mail & Guardian.

“Mantashe said I said that I leaked the provisional Nkandla report. The truth is my statement that he relied on doesn't say that,” Madonsela told the briefing.

She said Mantashe’s claim that she had shared her report with affected parties was untrue and she had only shown the report to the five ministers in the security cluster.

Madonsela said there would be no point in taking the Mail & Guardian to court over the leak, as she would have to take the entire media to court and she doesn’t have the resources for that.

Read more on:    public protector  |  anc  |  gwede mantashe  |  thuli madonsela  |  politics  |  nkandla upgrade

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