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Nkandla: Madonsela due to respond today

Govt. has turned to the courts to stop Madonsela from releasing her interim Nkandla report.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela is expected to respond to government's interdict on her interim Nkandla report this morning.

Madonsela has been investigating how government spent more than R200 million on the upgrades after allegations emerged about improper conduct and misappropriation of state funds.

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

The security cluster had been given until Friday to comment on whether the release of Madonsela's report posed a security threat to the president.

Justice Minister Jeff Radebe said government is not trying to hide anything and contractors found guilty of overcharging the state will be dealt with.

"There is no cover-up whatsoever. Individuals who have been found to have transgressed the law and other prescripts of the public service have been identified. We will wait for the parliamentary process to conclude its task."

Radebe said the reason government approached the court is because Madonsela had told certain members of the media that she would release her interim report irrespective of the security cluster not having enough time to comment on whether or not it posed a security threat to the president.

Radebe said Madonsela was being unreasonable in not allowing the security cluster an extension of 10 or more days to review her interim report and make recommendations.

He said government had no intention of interfering with Madonsela's report, but had an obligation to check the security threats surrounding it.

But Madonsela refused to give the security cluster an extension as she felt it prejudiced other parties involved in the matter.

Her explanation on the 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.

To view a copy of the court papers served on the Public Protector click here.

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