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Madonsela to deal with leaked report

The Public Protector's office says it doesn't know how parts of the Nkandla report were leaked.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - The Public Protector's office says it believes its new system of dealing with provisional reports will prevent leaks from happening so easily.

On Friday the Mail & Guardian published parts of advocate Thuli Madonsela's provisional report into government's spending on President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla residence.

The report indicates Zuma misled Parliament and benefitted from the swimming pool, cattle ranch and tuck shop built on the property with state funds.

The latest aerial view of Nkandla taken in August 2013 which was taken by an aerial mapping company using a hi-tech, high-altitude mapping aircraft. Picture: TechCentral.

Kgalalelo Msibi from the Public Protector's office says they don't know how this document was leaked.

"At this stage we don't know because the investigation hasn't been able to detect the origin of the leaks."

Meanwhile, 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.

A 2010 Google Earth image shows the progress of development.

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

Msibi reminded people that to leak a Public Protector's provisional report is illegal.

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

The newly acquired image taken by an aerial mapping company using a hi-tech, high-altitude mapping aircraft in August 2013 shows the full development.

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

Meanwhile, the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) says it wants Madonsela's conduct to be investigated.

The league says Madonsela has a political agenda against the ruling party and wants to tarnish the name and image of the president.

The ANCYL's Mzwandile Masina says it's important for the public protector to understand that she isn't above the law.

"Her modus operandi must be investigated by relevant law enforcement agencies."

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