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Nkandla: Govt abandons bid to stop report

Ministers in the security cluster have abandoned their bid to stop the Nkandla report from being released.

Ministers in the security cluster have abandoned their bid to stop Thuli Madonsela's Nkandla report from being released. Picture: SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - Ministers in the security cluster have abandoned their bid to stop Public Protector Thuli Madonsela from releasing her draft report on the upgrades at President Jacob Zuma's home in Nkandla.

The state's interdict hearing was set to be heard on Friday.

But government says all it wanted was an extension and it received one through the court process, and therefore taking the matter any further would be an academic exercise.

The only matter which will be left to argue on Friday will be who will pay for the costs of the application.

On Wednesday, the Public Protector made public her court documents opposing the interdict.

She also argued the draft report contains no security breaches, as claimed by the state.

Parliament's Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence said government's report on its probe into the Nkandla upgrade should be sent to the Auditor-General for further investigation.

The committee was sent the report, classified top secret, in June.

This sparked an opposition outcry that the government was trying to bury the findings of the task team ordered to investigate the matter.

The committee justifies the more than R206 million spent on upgrading the president's home as necessary.

It stated that the residence's location in a deep rural area with inadequate services and poor roads was the main reason the costs of upgrading security were so high.

But Parliament does refer to procurement processes being flouted in the upgrade.

The committee's report refers to what it calls unnecessary parallel investigations into Nkandla spending, presumably the Public Protector's probe, and recommends the task team's report be sent to the Auditor-General for further investigation.

To read the replying affidavit from the state's security cluster click here.