Madonsela: way forward for Nkandla report

FILE PICTURE: Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. Picture: Michel Bega

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela will today divulge matters on “the way forward” into the eagerly awaited Nkandla report on security upgrades to President Jacob Zuma’s KwaZulu-Natal homestead.

Madonsela is expected to address the media at a press briefing in Pretoria this morning.

In a swift move last week, government’s security cluster ministers approached the North Gauteng High Court in an attempt to stop Madonsela from releasing her draft report on the upgrades.

The work done on Nkandla tallies R206 million.

On Thursday, the ministers abandoned their bid before the court was to hear their application the following day.

The cluster includes Justice Minister Jeff Radebe, Police Mi-nister Nathi Mthethwa, Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele and Public Works Thulas Nxesi.

But government spokesman Phumla Williams said there was no truth in government abandoning their bid to stop Madonsela from releasing the report.

There was no intention of “pulling out everything”, said Williams.

The ANC has said it was “concerned” by the manner in which Madonsela handled the interim report.

“The confusion she displayed when she said she did not know where to take the interim report worked on the psyche of the public in a way that reflected negatively on the president,” said its spokesman Jackson Mthembu.

“She has handled it in a manner that suggests that she is an interested party in this regard; she has positioned the report in a manner that will work on the public psyche in a particular manner.”

Meanwhile, Parliament’s joint standing committee on intelligence had also released its report on Nkandla, which was classified as “top secret”.

The report was deemed as a “white wash” by DA Parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko.

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