Gov’t goes to court to prevent Thuli Madonsela from releasing her Nkandla report

Press statement from the office of the Public Protector. It has been published unchanged.

Media Release

Date: Friday, 08 November 2013

For immediate release

Public Protector receives court papers regarding Nkandla provisional report

The Public Protector on Friday, November 08, 2013, shortly before 9H00, received court papers indicating the state’s intention to interdict and restrain her from releasing her provisional report on the security upgrades at the President’s private home in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal to affected, implicated and interested parties for comments. The state’s application for a court order in this regard is set to be heard in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 14H00. The Public Protector has briefed the lawyers representing her office to request a postponement to allow her to prepare a proper response.

The Public Protector was due to receive comments on the report from organs of state within the Security Cluster on Friday, November 08, 2013. This follows a special request made by the organs of state in question to have access to the report ahead of all other parties, with a view to only establishing if the report would compromise the security of the President or not.

The report was shared with the said parties on Friday, November 1, 2013, with a return date of Wednesday, November 6, 2013. The deadline was subsequently extended to Friday, November 08, 2013, following a request from the organs of state concerned.

Due to the overwhelming public interest in the matter, the Public Protector will hold a media briefing in due course. Details in this regard will be announced.

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