Govt: Nkandla extension already granted

The only outstanding matter to argue on Friday is who will pay the legal costs.

The upgraded Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal, which allegedly cost more than R200 million to upgrade. Picture: City Press.

JOHANNESBURG - Government on Thursday said it already received the extension it wanted to look through Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's Nkandla report.

The state security cluster says it is abandoning its interdict application to stop the release of the document into the R200 million upgrades to President Jacob Zuma's private KwaZulu-Natal homestead.

The interdict hearing was expected to be heard in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Friday.

Madonsela on Wednesday made public her court documents opposing the interdict and accused government of having tried to stop her investigation.

In legal documents filed by government on Thursday, it said all it wanted was an extension to offer what it called comprehensive comments on the protector's interim report.

In an affidavit by Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa, he argues that by asking the court for more time to oppose that interdict Madonsela has effectively given them that extension.

The minister says going any further with the interdict application would be nothing more than an academic exercise.

The only matter which will be left to argue on Friday is who will pay the costs associated with the application.

The security cluster has undertaken to submit comments to Madonsela by Friday.

Officials denied claims made in Madonsela's stinging 24-page affidavit.

The ministers say the public protector does not have the power or competence to determine whether any security breach exists in her report.

To read the replying affidavit from the security cluster click here.