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Nkandla report release delayed

The Public Protector has announced a slight delay to the release of the controversial report.

The Public Protector has announced a slight delay to the release of the controversial report. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has announced a slight delay to the release of the much-awaited and controversial Nkandla report.

Her office investigated how more than R200 million of taxpayers' money was spent on upgrades at the private home of President Jacob Zuma.

Madonsela says the final report will now be released around 9 February.

Originally, the Public Protector had hoped to share her findings with the nation before the end of January.

She says the reason for the delay is that one of the affected parties has asked for an extension to provide comments on the provisional report.

Madonsela has not revealed which party asked for more time or why this has happened.

She has, however, asked South Africans to be patient and respect how important it is to give all those affected or implicated a right of reply and to be fair to all sides.

It remains to be seen whether there will be any more attempts to use the courts to stop the report being released due to alleged security breaches.