Nkandla: State goes to court to prevent Thuli Madonsela from releasing report

2013-11-08 12:14

Cabinet’s security cluster intends to interdict Public Protector Thuli Madonsela from releasing her interim report on the probe into the controversial upgrades at President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla home.

The cluster was meant to report back to Madonsela today about concerns it may have regarding her release of the report to affected parties, including DA Parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko.

But the cluster, made up of the department of justice, state security, police, the department of defence and home affairs among other departments, responded with court papers informing Madonsela of its intention to approach the North Gauteng High Court to hear the matter on an urgent basis.

The cluster had last week asked Madonsela to furnish them with the provisional report to assess whether there were any security concerns, before releasing it to affected parties.

Madonsela extended her Wednesday deadline for the cluster to today, to give it more time to study the report.

Madonsela’s spokesperson, Oupa Segalwe, said she would today ask the court for a postponement.

“This follows a special request made by the organs of state in question to have access to the report ahead of all other parties, with a view to only establishing if the report would compromise the security of the president or not,” said Segalwe in a statement.

The matter will be heard at 2pm today.

Madonsela has also come under heavy criticism from the ANC, which questioned her comments last week that many people would be disappointed about the findings of the report.

She was also slated for telling the media that she was unsure where to submit the report.

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