Nkandla provisional report this week – Public Protector

2013-10-28 13:35

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Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s provisional report on President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla homestead will be issued to concerned parties this week, her office has said.

“After sharing the report, the public protector gives the parties a return date on which she expects comments,” spokesman Oupa Segalwe said today.

“Upon receipt of comments she considers them and, to an extent possible, factors them into the report. It is at that stage that the report will be ready for public release.”

Segalwe said it was unclear when the final report would be ready. This would also depend on how soon Madonsela received comments from affected parties.

He said parties sometimes asked for an extension of the deadline.

On October 23, Madonsela questioned the delay by government in changing the law dealing with whom she should hand reports to when a matter concerned the presidency.

At a Black Management Forum conference at the time, she said she advised government about the problem three years ago and asked it to change the law.

She said when it came to investigating members of the executive, the report was normally given to the president, but now it was tricky as the report was about him.

Madonsela previously said she had encountered “unusual challenges” while compiling the report into the upgrade of Zuma’s Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal.

On Friday, Segalwe said Madonsela was awaiting feedback from the presidency after she enquired about the law reform process to “clarify the competent authority to receive the report”.

Last year, the Democratic Alliance asked Madonsela to investigate whether Zuma’s family improperly benefited from the upgrade to his home.

Shortly before this, Zuma told Parliament government was paying to upgrade the security at his home, but that he had taken out a bond to pay for the rest of the upgrade.

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