South Africa 5.8.2013 05:00 am

Nkandla report: last piece missing

FILE PICTURE: Public protector Thuli Madonsela poses for pictures with The Citizen during an in-depth interview at the protectors offices in Pretoria. Picture: Refilwe Modise

FILE PICTURE: Public protector Thuli Madonsela poses for pictures with The Citizen during an in-depth interview at the protectors offices in Pretoria. Picture: Refilwe Modise

The sourcing of documents has caused the biggest delay into the probe of President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla homestead, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela says.

“The delay has not been due to limited resources from our side. Getting all of the information we need on time has not always been the case,” Madonsela said during a recent interview with The Citizen.

“I’m not saying people have not co-operated, but sometimes you get one document and then you realise it’s half the document you need.

Madonsela’s office is investigating whether State money was abused for the R206-million security upgrade to Zuma’s homestead in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal.

She recently told media that the report was 99% ready. But Madonsela told The Citizen that the percentages mentioned “have not always been scientific”.

“Since I said 95%, I mean I have a written report. But it has mis-sing elements, so every time we get the information we are loo-king for, it is inserted where it is required. The day we get the last piece of information there will be no further work from our side.”

The political expectations and climate surrounding the case has put the team under pressure to get the work done fast, she said. This was something “we don’t feel with all the other investigations”.

“The public should feel that the report is objective, and should the investigation be taken on review the report should stand.”

 

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