Madonsela 'totally shocked' by Nkandla review

2014-05-16 08:37
Public Protector Thuli Madonsela (Picture: Beeld)

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela (Picture: Beeld)

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Johannesburg - Government’s decision to approach a court for a judicial review of the public protector’s report into the Nkandla upgrades is “totally shocking”, said Thuli Madonsela, the head of the office, on Friday.

Speaking to Radio 702’s John Robbie, Madonsela said she was completely blindsided by government’s decision regarding her report “especially in the light of the fact that I have received compliance reports from the departments of public works and defence”.

She said that she thanked the departments this week for their compliance reports and the promise to provide further reports.

On Thursday, Sapa reported acting government spokesperson Phumla Williams as saying the ministers were not taking the public protector to court. They wanted her report to undergo a judicial review, possibly in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.

"I don't know when this will take place. We will prepare our arguments which will be given in court."

Madonsela said she was not questioning government’s decision to go to court although she believes they will lose the case.

She said she believed they were being premature because the matter must still be discussed in Parliament.

Madonsela said her office didn’t really have the time or money to go to court but will plea with the court “that it should not entertain this matter”.

In her report Madonsela found President Jacob Zuma and his family unduly benefited from a R246m security upgrade to his private Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal, which included a swimming pool, a cattle kraal, and an amphitheatre, Sapa reports.

She recommended, among other things, that he repay a portion of the money.

Zuma has said he would await the outcome of another probe by the Special Investigating Unit before responding to the matter.

Listen to the full interview here.

Read more on:    jacob zuma  |  thuli madonsela  |  nkandla upgrade

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