Cope welcomes Nkandla report decision

2013-11-14 21:43
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Johannesburg - Cope has welcomed a decision by the security cluster ministers to drop their legal challenge against the public protector.

"The Congress of the People [Cope] is relieved by the decision of the security cluster ministers to abandon the ill-conceived litigation against the public protector of South Africa," spokesperson Johann Abrie said in a statement on Thursday.

The ministers filed an affidavit in which they said they would abandon their action opposing the release of the report on the R206m security upgrade of President Jacob Zuma's homestead of Nkandla, in KwaZulu-Natal.

The ministers said it would be academic to persist with action as they had already secured the extension of time needed from the court.

The report was given to the security cluster on 1 November, following a special request for access ahead of all other parties to establish whether its contents would compromise Zuma's security.

The cluster filed an urgent application in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria last week to prevent Madonsela from releasing the report.

Arguments about who should pay for the attempt to stop the release of the report will be heard by the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Friday.

Read more on:    cope  |  politics  |  nkandla upgrade

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