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Nkandla report expected in January

Thuli Madonsela says her office is still aiming to release the Nkandla report before the end of January.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela says her office is still aiming to release the Nkandla report before the end of January. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela says her office is still aiming to release the Nkandla report before the end of January.

Madonsela has been investigating how over R200 million was spent on upgrades to President Jacob Zuma's private Nkandla residence.

Madonsela is still getting feedback from those affected or implicated in the report.

But this has been delayed due to government's concerns about national security breaches in the report.

She says if all goes according to plan the report will be released by mid-January.

"We are still aiming for a final release before the end of January. The date has been pushed out a little bit because we were supposed to finalise the cleaning up of security concerns by the time we close now for Christmas."

MADONSELA VS ANC

The ANC has continued to accuse Madonsela of leaking a draft report into the multimillion Rand upgrades at President Jacob Zuma's private Nkandla residence.

At the end of last month, the Mail & Guardian published sections of Madonsela's preliminary report which indicated that a number of features on the property, including a swimming pool, cattle ranch and tuck shop, were paid for with state funds.

It recommended that Zuma be called to account to Parliament for the "substantial personal benefit" at his Kwazulu-Natal homestead.

The interim report, which government's security cluster tried to block, also said Zuma should pay the state back for all unnecessary expenditure.

Madonsela has categorically denied she is behind the leak.

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