JOHANNESBURG – South Africa's public protector has refused to immediately release a report on her investigation into allegations that public funds of Rand 206 million (about $21 million) were improperly used to improve the private home of President Jacob Zuma.
Thuli Madonsela, whose position of public protector is the equivalent of an ombudsman, responded to calls from the ruling party, the African National Congress, to release her report on the money spent on Zuma's home, after some details of the report were leaked.
The controversy over the funds spent on Zuma's home has become a pressing issue for the president.
Madonsela said at a news conference in Pretoria Wednesday that the final report could not be released because it has not been completed. She denied that her office had leaked the report.