Lawyers press on with Nkandla court bid

2014-04-02 00:00

THE Concerned Lawyers and Educationists for Equality Before the Law said they were pressing ahead with their plan to challenge Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s report on the Nkandla security upgrades in court.

This was after Madonsela said the group had no chance of winning the matter and that if they wanted to challenge the report, they would have to put up financial security for her office to entertain “their stunt to avoid wasteful expenditure on our part”.

“They are interfering in an internal accountability process within the state that is clearly regulated by law. They have no locus standing. They have no chance of succeeding as the report speaks for itself,” said Madonsela.

The group spokesperson Solomzi Mdledle hit back at Madonsela, saying it was for the courts to decide whether his group had a locus standing. “We are within our right to speak out when there is any miscarriage of justice. She should not be worrying about financial security, but about responding to our concerns about her report,” said Mdledle.

At a press briefing last week, the group said Madonsela had no powers to order that President Jacob Zuma pay back a considerable percentage for non-security features installed during the upgrade on his homestead.

Political analyst Protas Madlala yesterday said the group was trying to secure positions after the elections.

“These are the people who were left out of the gravy train. Thuli was very thorough in her report, and the president was given 14 days to act on the report, but this group is already making noise. They don’t know what the president’s response to the report will be,” said Madlala.

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