Source of leaks outside, says Thuli

2012-07-17 14:53

The office of the public protector has not been the source of leaked provisional reports, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has said.

Madonsela, speaking after attending a debate in Durban on press freedom, said she believed the provisional reports had been leaked by those who had lodged complaints with her office.

Last year, a provisional report titled Against the Rules Too, on police efforts to secure a controversial R1.1 billion building lease, was leaked and published by the Sunday Times.

Her report on former local government minister Sicelo Shiceka’s alleged misuse of tax money was also leaked last year and published by Business Day.

Earlier this year, her provisional report into the Western Cape government’s R70 million communications contract with TBWA Hunt Lascaris was also leaked and published by the Sunday Times and City Press.

“We believe it is the complainants. We don’t think government leaked it (the Western Cape report),” she said.

She urged media houses to act with integrity and ethically, saying there was no benefit to be gained from publishing the leaked provisional reports.

Those who had leaked or disseminated a provisional report were in breach of the law.

“We are considering technology so that the reports cannot be copied.”

Provisional reports are sent to affected parties allowing them 14 days to respond before the final report is published and made public.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.