Madonsela asked to drop Nkandla probe

2013-09-08 13:29
Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. Picture: Brendan Croft/Foto24

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. Picture: Brendan Croft/Foto24

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Johannesburg - Public protector Thuli Madonsela has reportedly come under pressure to drop her investigation into President Jacob Zuma’s R208m upgrade of his private Nkandla estate.

According to a Sunday Times report, members of Zuma’s cabinet have, at two separate meetings, tried to strong-arm Madonsela to scrap the probe. Madonsela however, reportedly insisted that she had a right and a duty to continue the investigation requested by the Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko.

Several ministers confirmed discussions had been held but denied allegations that Madonsela was asked to drop the probe.

The investigation has been underway for some time, and included a site inspection by the Public Protector and her team.

When Madonsela visited Nkandla last month, the defence ministry said in a statement: "The visit is an 'inspection in loco', as part of the investigation by the OPP [office of the public protector] into the work done by government departments on the security upgrade of the residence."

Madonsela was accompanied by Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, and it was agreed that necessary care would be taken to maintain security requirements while the visit was underway.

Madonsela has previously said that her report into the alleged irregularities surrounding the upgrade of the Nkandla homestead was "99% ready". Watch the video of her statement to the press here.

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