Nkandla: Govt to take Madonsela to court
Govt will go to court to interdict Thuli Madonsela from releasing her provisional Nkandla report.
JOHANNESBURG - Public Protector Madonsela has just issued a statement via Twitter saying government will go to court to interdict her from releasing her provisional report on Nkandla.
#PublicProtector this morning received court papers indicating the state's intention to interdict and restrain her from releasing her...
....provisional report on the security upgrades at the President's private home in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal to affected, implicated...
The urgent application will be heard in the North Gauteng High Court at 2pm.
The state's application for a court order in this is set to be heard in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Friday, 8/11/13 at 14H00
Madonsela has instructed her lawyers to postpone the matter so she could properly respond to the matter.
#PublicProtector has briefed the lawyers representing her office to request a postponement to allow her to prepare a proper response.
The statement adds that due to the overwhelming public interest in the matter, the Public Protector will hold a media briefing in due course.
Madonsela was expected to receive comments from the security cluster into whether her report places President Jacob Zuma's security at risk.
Once she had considered the feedback from various organs of state she would have released the first draft of the report, which looks at the R200 million spent on the President's KwaZulu-Natal home.
Madonsela has also drawn criticism from the ruling party for saying that South Africans may be disappointed with the report's findings.
To view a copy of the statement from the Public Protector click here.
To view a copy of the court papers served on the Public Protector click here.