Publishing Nkandla report details unlawful – Thuli Madonsela

2013-11-29 10:55

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The publication of details from Thuli Madonsela’s provisional report into Nkandla is both unlawful and unethical, her office said today.

The protector’s spokesperson, Kgalalelo Masibi, was quoted by Jacaranda News as saying that the covering pages of Madonsela’s provisional report “clearly advise any bearer that publication and dissemination [of the report] is a violation of section 9.2”.

The Mail & Guardian published details from the public protector’s report, which stated that President Jacob Zuma must be called to account to Parliament for violating the executive ethics code.

Government has stated the upgrades were essential for Zuma’s security, but Madonsela found a swimming pool, visitors’ centre, amphitheatre, cattle kraal, marquee area, extensive paving, and new houses for relatives included in the upgrade at “enormous cost” to the taxpayer.

In an editorial, the M&G said it fully expected “a howl of protest over our disclosures”.

“We make no apologies. All the evidence points to a systematic attempt by the government to shield disclosures about the scandal from public view, and there are good reasons for fearing that the security ministers who tried to interdict Madonsela earlier this month may be planning further litigation to block its release.”

Read: It may not be the end of Nkandla report court battle – state

» Click here to see our special reports on Nkandla.

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