Security cluster won't undermine Madonsela
Jeff Radebe says government has no intention of interfering with Madonsela’s report on Nkandla.
PRETORIA - Government's security cluster says it has no intention of undermining the Public Protector's investigation into Nkandla.
Public Protector Thuli Mandonsela is probing the R200 million upgrade to President Jacob Zuma's homestead in KwaZulu Natal.
Yesterday the security cluster said it was seeking an interdict to prevent Madonsela from releasing her interim report.
The government also asked for an extension of the deadline to submit their comments on the report.
They want to know whether the report will compromise the president's security.
Justice Minister Jeff Radebe says the reason why government approached the court is because the Public Protector told some media that she would release her interim report today, irrespective of the security cluster not having enough time to comment on whether it poses a security threat to the president.
Radebe says Madonsela is being unreasonable not to allow the security cluster an extension of 10 more days to review her interim report and make recommendations.
He says government has no intention of interfering with Madonsela's report but has an obligation to check the security threats surrounding it.
Madonsela refused to give the security cluster an extension as she feels it prejudices other parties involved in the matter.
Her explanation on an extension is contained in correspondence in a court application by the cluster to delay the release of the report and impose conditions.
Madonsela has until Wednesday to file her opposing affidavit.
The matter is scheduled to be heard on Friday.
Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance (DA) has slammed the court application, calling it a delaying tactic.
The party wants the report to be released as soon as possible.