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Nkandla interdict hearing postponed

The interim report into President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla home was due to be released today.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. Picture: Sapa.

PRETORIA -An application by the state security cluster to interdict Public Protector Thuli Madonsela from releasing her interim report on President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla home has been postponed.

She was due to release the preliminary report earlier on Friday before making a final finding on the issue.

The interdict is aimed at delaying the release until the cluster is fully satisfied that all security concerns are excluded from the report.

The investigation is looking into allegations of impropriety and unethical conduct relating to the installation of security measures at the KwaZulu-Natal homestead.

In the court papers, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa says the report reveals numerous breaches of state security.

He says if the report is released in its current form, the security cluster will suffer irreparable harm and compromise Zuma's security.

Mthethwa further warns that releasing the document without the cluster's authorisation will be unlawful.

The cluster wants another week to study the interim report, which it'll return to Madonsela with comments.

If they succeed, the report will only be released after members of the security cluster have studied the revised document and are satisfied with it.

While it was not ordered by the court, Madonsela agreed not to release the report until the application had been heard.

The matter has been postponed to next Friday.

Meanwhile, speaking at an ANC event in Cape Town, ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe told journalists the report should be released.

"I'm waiting as patiently as you are for that report. Issue the report - let's see it, let's read it. Once we have the report we can talk to issues that come out of the report."

But when the media informed him that government was looking to interdict the report, Mantashe held back on his views.

"I don't know, I can't speak for the government - I'm here now," he said. "I will wait and see what comes out of it."

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