State files to suppress protector's Nkandla report

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A wide shot of President Jacob Zuma's private homestead, Nkandla in KwaZulu-Natal.

PRETORIA - The public protector’s office says that it has received court papers indicating that the state intends to restrain her from releasing the provisional report about security upgrades at President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla home.

According to a statement issued by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s office, the papers were received on Friday morning.

The state’s application is to be heard in the North Gauteng High Court on Friday at 2 pm.

Madonsela has asked her lawyers to request a postponement so that she can prepare a response.

Madonsela had released the report to state parties within the security sector. Comments on the report had been expected on 6 November. This date was then extended to 8 November.

The ANC criticised Madonsela earlier in the week for her handling of the report.

"She has handled it in a manner that suggests that she is an interested party. In this regard, she has positioned the report in a manner that will work on the public psyche in a particular manner," ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe said on Monday.

Madonsela’s office says she will conduct a media briefing, “due to the overwhelming public interest in the matter.”
 

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