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We won't undermine Madonsela - Radebe

Justice Minister Jeff Radebe says they have no intention to interfere in Thuli Madonsela’s office.

Justice Minister Jeff Radebe. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - Government's security cluster says it has no intention to undermine the public protector's probe into Nkandla and says it only went to court to ask for more time to view the interim report.

On Friday, government turned to the courts to stop the public protector from releasing her interim report before a security check could be conducted.

The security cluster was given until Friday to comment whether the release of Thuli Madonsela's report on the R200 million security upgrade to President Jacob Zuma's home poses a security threat.

Security ministerial cluster head and Justice Minister Jeff Radebe says government has no intention to tell Madonsela how to do her job.

"Whether she makes the report public or confidential those are the decisions that lie at the discretion of the public protector. We, as the executive, have no role to play."

However, he says Madonsela has been unreasonable by not giving the cluster a reasonable time to view her report and comment on whether it poses a threat to Zuma's security.

Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi and Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa have warned Madonsela that the report in its current form will put Zuma's security at risk.

However, Madonsela argued that she only gave the security cluster access to the provisional report as a special arrangement.

She added that in her opinion the security concerns should be glaringly obvious and the security cluster should not require more than two days to identify them.

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