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Madonsela: No bias in Nkandla probe

Madonsela has asked the public not to prejudge her before the Nkandla report is made public.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela says her team has been handling the investigation into the upgrades at President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead in the same way it would handle any other matter.

She has been investigating how government spent over R200 million on the upgrades after allegations emerged about improper conduct and misappropriation of state funds.

Madonsela has asked the public not to prejudge her report before it is made public, following weekend media reports that the President will emerge from the investigation unscathed.

"From our side, we have been compiling this report alongside several other investigations. It's been a stressful time simply because we have a lot to do with very few hands."

Madonsela said she plans to make the final report in the matter public when it is released in a month.

Meanwhile, government's security cluster has until Wednesday to inform Madonsela whether her provisional report on Nkandla compromises the President's security.

She released her provisional report to the security cluster on Friday after a special request was made.

Madonsela's spokesperson Oupa Segalwe said soon after the cluster's comments have been received and considered, affected parties will be able to view the provisional report.

"Some of the respondents as well as the complainants will only be able to view the report either at our offices in Cape Town or Pretoria and will not receive printed copies, which is in line with all security considerations."

Earlier last week, Madonsela hit back at the African National Congress (ANC) in Parliament for accusing her of subtly attempting to 'try President Zuma in a court of public opinion'.

The ANC Chief Whip's office took issue with the fact that Madonsela said there was no competent authority in law to take action against the President.

In 2010, Madonsela recommended that Parliament amend the Executive Members Ethics Act in order to clarify who she should report to when the President is under investigation.

But to date, there's still uncertainty.

The ANC's Moloto Mothapo said there shouldn't be a dilemma and said the party wants the report to be handed over to Parliament.

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