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Mthethwa sends stern warning to Madonsela

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela could face criminal charges if she releases the Nkandla report.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa. Picture: GCIS.

PRETORIA - The state security cluster has issued a stern warning in its attempt to delay the release of the Public Protector's interim report on spending on Nkandla.

It has warned Thuli Madonsela that releasing the entire document in its current form would constitute a criminal offence.

The threat is contained in an affidavit submitted by Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa as part of the application to buy more time and impose conditions on its release.

Advocate Madonsela has until Wednesday to file an opposing affidavit.

The matter is scheduled to be heard in court next Friday.

Mthethwa says Madonsela's report contains numerous breaches of state security because of the classified top secret and confidential information in it.

He warns that to release the report without prior authorisation from the security cluster would be unlawful and carry a criminal penalty.

Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi told Madonsela in correspondence included in the application as annexes that she would be in breach of the National Key Point Act.

The security cluster wants the court to rule that the report may only be released once it is satisfied with the contents thereof.

Over R200 million was spent on upgrading Nkandla which is President Jacob Zuma's private home.

Zuma maintains he has done nothing wrong.

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