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'Madonsela's office must be respected'

Corruption Watch has weighed in on the battle over the Nkandla report.

Corruption Watch has weighed in on the battle over the Nkandla report. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - Corruption Watch has weighed in on the battle over the Nkandla report, calling for Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's office to be respected.

Ministers in the security cluster launched and later abandoned an interdict application to prevent Madonsela from releasing a draft report into the R208 million spent on President Jacob Zuma's private home.

This has led to tensions between Madonsela and the ministers.

Corruption Watch is now warning this tension could lead to the Public Protector's work being hampered and is calling for complete transparency.

The organisation has accused the ministers of using national security as a shield against Madonsela's findings.

THE NKANDLA PICTURE SAGA

On Thursday ministers faced questions about Nkandla and government's battle with the Public Protector during a post-Cabinet briefing in Pretoria.

But instead of providing clarity on Nkandla, a new dust storm formed when Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa issued a stern warning related to photographs of Nkandla.

"There may be pictures which expose security features and are still classified. Anybody who's not vetted and has classified documents in his or her possession will face the full might of the law."

Warnings by government about photographing or publishing images of President Jacob Zuma's residence in KwaZulu-Natal have been widely condemned.

Outraged members of the public expressed their dissatisfaction on Twitter by posting pictures of the compound in direct contravention of the cluster's demands.

Now we can't take pictures of Nkandla even though we pay over 200million rands pic.twitter.com/rpZVhIHM9p

Min. Cwele, husband of druglord Cheryl, says those of us posting pictures of Nkandla will be locked up. Bring it on!! pic.twitter.com/mQv4K2rkIZ

Quick Siyabonga, shut down the 'net!, #Cwele - Cabinet to apply #apartheid secrets law on #Nkandla: #Zuma #ANC pic.twitter.com/2ZVnEOiXXu

Let's fill the prisons in protest against Jacob Zuma's megalomania! #ASIJIKI # #Nkandla pic.twitter.com/AwKPiTQF9f

So I'm breaking the law by publishing images of the property ( #Nkandla) I paid with my taxes. @MyANC_ has gone mad pic.twitter.com/7V8xXLbEfN