Madonsela to restrict provisional reports

The decision comes after parts of the provisional report into Nkandla were leaked.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela on Monday announced she's changing the procedure used in dealing with provisional reports so that only applicable information is given to those who need it.

Her decision comes after parts of her provisional report into government's spending on President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla home were leaked to the _Mail & Guardian _newspaper last week.

Both the ANC and government have called on people not to discuss the report.

According to the report, Zuma benefitted from government spending.

The M&G says the state paid for a swimming pool, a cattle kraal and a tuck shop on the premises.

The report also appears to find Zuma guilty of misleading Parliament by saying he paid for the upgrades himself.

Madonsela's spokesperson Kgalelo Masibi says she'll stop distributing complete versions of the report to the people involved.

"Affected and implicated parties will no longer get full provisional reports. They will instead receive information or parts of the report that relate to them for the purpose of soliciting their comments."

Masibi also reminded people that to leak a public protector's provisional report is illegal.

"It does violate section 7(2) of the Public Protector Act so it is unlawful and it is also unethical."

Several reports have been leaked in the past, usually after being distributed to the implicated parties.

Madonsela says her timetable for the release of the final Nkandla report is still on track.