Publishing draft Nkandla report 'unlawful'

The Public Protector’s office has condemned the publishing of the provisional Nkandla report.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The office of the Public Protector says publishing the contents of provisional reports is unethical and unlawful.

Thuli Madonsela is responding to a report by the Mail & Guardian this morning which reveals explosive details of the upgrades at Nkandla.

Madonsela investigated the more than R200 million spent on security upgrades at President Jacob Zuma's private homestead and found that Zuma benefitted personally and should account to Parliament.

Madonsela's statement says provisional reports are confidential and publishing them is against the act governing her office.

She also says these draft documents are not considered reports because they are still subject to change.

Those affected or implicated are given a chance to make comments before the final version is made public.

The leaked interim report calls for Zuma to pay back the money spent on building, among other features, a swimming pool worth more than R500,000.

There are also calls from opposition parties for the ANC to take action against Zuma.

Earlier in November, the security cluster ministers tried to block the release of Madonsela's report citing security concerns.

They took the matter to court but later backed down.

The security cluster also said it had no intention to undermine the public protector's probe into Nkandla and said it only went to court to ask for more time to view the interim report.