Madonsela given an hour to respond to extension

2013-11-11 16:20
Public Protector Thuli Madonsela (Picture: Beeld)

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela (Picture: Beeld)

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Cape Town – The public protector was given only one hour by the security cluster to respond to a letter requesting more time for the state organs to view her provisional report on President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla residence.

Her spokesperson Kgalalelo Masibi said in a statement that Thuli Madonsela received the letter requesting more time on Thursday, 7 November, and it indicated that if she did not respond in an hour, “it would be assumed that she was declining”.

Masibi said: “The public protector was out of town... and the State was made aware of this”

Madonsela believed that acceding to the request would be an injustice on the affected and implicated parties, the statement said.

Masibi said it was Madonsela who asked for the postponement and she determine the exact number of days.

“In her letter to Minister Thulas Nxesi on 5 November, she highlighted her concerns that leaving the report in the hands of the security cluster for an unduly extended period would prejudice, in particular, those that she has made provisional adverse findings against and those she has quoted as having provided her with evidence.”

Masibi said it would also not be in the public interest if the security cluster has exclusive possession of the report.

“These concerns were expressed to the minister, who offered no solutions to them.”

The public protector will clarify in detail in court papers why she believes the security cluster's request is unlawful, unconstitutional and violates the independence of her office.

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