Madonsela facing a lot of heat

2013-11-10 12:13
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Pretoria - After a week-long battle over the release of the Nkandla report, security cluster ministers on Saturday hinted that public protector Thuli Madonsela could face criminal charges if she continued to be unreasonable.

According to the Sunday Times, the Democratic Alliance meanwhile, has threatened court action to force the release of the report. DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko, who requested the investigation, said this week’s developments had been a poor attempt at damage control.

This comes after the security cluster ministers said Madonsela was being unreasonable when she decided to release her provisional report into Nkandla without obtaining comments from them. She had given them three working days to study the 357 page report on the R206m spent on security upgrades to President Jacob Zuma's private Nkandla residence. They said they need 10 working days.

Matter referred to court

When she refused to give in to their request, the ministers on Friday took the matter to court. The case has been postponed to this Friday.

"The decision to refer the matter to court follows a series of unsuccessful attempts by the security cluster to obtain from the office of the public protector a reasonable extension to provide comments on the interim report," government said in a statement.

"The investigation by the public protector was carried over a period of about a year covering a wide scope of legislative and security issues that may not be adequately covered for comment over a few days."

William Mokhari, SC, for the cluster, told the court Madonsela was served an application for the interdict on Friday morning.

"We understand that the respondent [Madonsela] needs some time to file opposing papers and 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 17:00 hours 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 of court.

Read more on:    da  |  lindiwe mazibuko  |  jacob zuma  |  thuli madonsela  |  nkandla upgrade

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