Court bid surprised Madonsela

A general view of President Jacob Zuma's private Nkandla home. Picture: AFP PHOTO / Stringer

The action by the security cluster ministries last week was “unprecedented”, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela said on Wednesday.

“Call me naive, as one MP said in Parliament, I never anticipated what happened last week Thursday,” she told journalists in Pretoria.

“Events that unfolded following the handing over of report were unprecedented.”

Security cluster ministers brought, and then withdrew, an urgent court bid for more time to study Madonsela’s provisional report on President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla home.

They said they wanted to properly peruse security-related aspects of the report before it was released to affected parties for comment. Madonsela’s provisional report was given to the cluster on November 1.

This followed a special request that it have access to the report ahead of all other parties, to establish if its contents would compromise Zuma’s security. The return date for comment was November 6.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said in a founding affidavit that Zuma’s safety could be compromised if Madonsela released the provisional report without state comment.

– Sapa

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