Public Protector slams media report on Nkandla

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Public Protector Thuli Madonsela will respond to the security clusters statement on her preliminary report on Nkandla on Monday.

JOHANNESBURG - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has accused the Mail & Guardian of breaking the law by publishing details of her investigation into President Jacob Zuma&39;s Nkandla residence. 
 
"As a rule, we do not comment on whatever purports to be a provisional report of the Public Protector as those are not reports of the Public Protector. The Public Protector’s provisional reports are confidential. Publishing such reports is unethical and unlawful," Madonsela&39;s office said in a statement.
 
"It violates section 7(2) of the Public Protector Act 23, 1994, which states that: &39;No person shall disclose to any other person the contents of any document in the possession of a member of the office of the Public Protector or the record of any evidence given before the Public Protector, Deputy Public Protector or a person … during an investigation, unless the Public Protector determines otherwise."
 
President Zuma derived huge personal benefit from upgrades to his Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal, the Mail & Guardian reported on Friday.
 
Meanwhile, Mail & Guardian reporter Stefaans Brmmer says the newspaper stands by its decision to publish some of the findings of the provisional Nkandla report. Brmmer says the paper felt obligated to inform the public.
 
"I think it’s important to acknowledge that she may alter her findings. The factual material will not change. We did not simply regurgitate leaks. We fought long and hard  through a court battle to access information from the department of Public works department. We have cross checked and added to what we understand is in Thuli Madonsela’s work, etc, etc. So this is a composite kind of a work.”