Nkandla report due this week

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela is set to release her Nkandla report on Wednesday.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela is set to release her Nkandla report on Wednesday.

JOHANNESBURG - As reports emerge about political plots to drown out the public protector's Nkandla report, it remains to be seen whether there will be any more last-minute legal attempts to stop it.

Thuli Madonsela will on Wednesday release her report into how over R200 million was spent on President Jacob Zuma's private home.

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The report comes less than two months before the most fiercely contested election in 20 years and as one of Madonsela's recent reports is being challenged in court.

If Madonsela's report is released this week it will mean the government's security cluster no longer believes it threatens Zuma's safety.

The big question is how different Madonsela's report will be to the inter-ministerial one which cleared Zuma of any wrongdoing.

A leaked copy of the public protector's interim report called for the president to face Parliament and to pay back some of the money spent on his residence.

The political dust around the report is rising with the _City Press _reporting on Sunday that the ANC planned to ignore and discredit any adverse findings against Zuma.

The ruling party denies this, but says it's free to criticise the report which it claims is now a political one.

Outgoing planning minister Trevor Manuel has warned that attacking the office of the public protector weakened the country's democracy.