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Madonsela’s handling of Nkandla questioned

A political analyst says govt should have been given more time to review the interim Nkandla report.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - Questions have been raised about whether Public Protector Thuli Madonsela could've given government more time to submit its comments on the Nkandla report.

This comes as her office prepares to release a comprehensive statement about the document.

In a dramatic twist on Friday, the state turned to the courts to interdict Madonsela from releasing her preliminary findings into the R200 million upgrades at President Jacob Zuma's KwaZulu-Natal homestead of Nkandla.

Over the weekend, government's security cluster claimed this was not a delay tactic or an attempt to suppress the findings.

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

Political analyst Professor Sipho Seepe says Madonsela needed to better explain why she was unwilling to give the extension, given how sensitive the report was.

He says the matter should never have made it to court because both the ANC and government will suffer damage to their images.

"The only way government will be trusted is when issues are very transparent."

Madonsela said she will release a detailed statement to explain her handling of the report later on Monday.

She has until Wednesday to file her opposing affidavit in the interdict matter.

The case between Madonsela and government will resume on Friday.

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