4 December 2013

South Africa: Public Protector Defends Leak Claims

Photo: G Stolley/SAPA
President Jacob Zuma's residence in Nkandla in KwaZulu-Natal (file photo).

Pretoria — Public Protector Thuli Madonsela on Wednesday defended herself against claims that her office leaked the Nkandla provisional report.

"The article itself said two senior officials from the cluster of security ministers had informed the author I had cleared the president," Thuli Madonsela told reporters in Pretoria on Wednesday.

She was referring to a recent news report.

She explained there were two versions of the report in the media's possession.

"What are the chances that I have two versions of the report? Five provisional reports were handed to the ministers [electronically] and one was given a password to share with others. It was also given to a judge on a confidential basis.

"The report was also handed to court. It was the ministers who said they had given the report to a team of experts," Madonsela said.

The report deals with her investigation into the R206 million security upgrade at President Jacob Zuma's private Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal.

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