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SA awaits Madonsela's Nkandla report

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela will release her report into Nkandla upgrades tomorrow.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela will release her report into Nkandla upgrades tomorrow. Picture: Sapa

JOHANNESBURG - Opposition parties are gearing up to respond to the Public Protector's Nkandla report, with some already scheduling media briefings.

In the build-up to Wednesday's release of the controversial report, the ANC has been accused of plotting to downplay the findings and discredit Thuli Madonsela's office.

The ruling party denies this, but claims the report into how more than R200 million was spent on the President Jacob Zuma's home in Kwa-Zulu Natal has become a "political one".

Over the past 24 hours, the political dust around the Nkandla report continues to rise.

A report emerged that Zuma wrote to Madonsela to question whether she had the power to investigate him.

Members of cabinet raised further questions about whether Madonsela had spent enough time on the investigation or made public plans to challenge a recent report in court.

The Democratic Alliance threatened to pursue claims that the president had approached Madonsela directly, while other opposition parties accused the ANC of protecting its leader at all costs.

A key question in the report is whether Zuma will be accused of misleading Parliament and called on to pay back some of the money spent on his home.