How the saga unfolded

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Tshifhatuwo Tshiv­hase writes to Madon­sela say­ing a draft procla­ma­tion for the SIU to in­ves­ti­gate has been sent to Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma for his sig­na­ture, and a let­ter sent to the au­di­tor-gen­eral ask­ing him to do the re­quested au­dit. Madon­sela later con­firms with both th­ese of­fices that they have not be­gun any such in­ves­ti­ga­tions. May 31: Madon­sela meets Mthethwa, Nx­esi and Cwele, with Jus­tice Min­is­ter Jeff Radebe, De­fence Min­is­ter No­siviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and top of­fi­cials in their de­part­ments. It is sug­gested that their se­cu­rity con­cerns could be dealt with by her of­fice, co-op­er­at­ing with of­fi­cials from the se­cu­rity clus­ter. She agrees to let th­ese of­fi­cials meet her team and clar­ify their con­cerns in the pro­vi­sional re­port. ● Au­gust 8: Ac­cord­ing to Madon­sela, an un­named min­is­ter asks that the min­is­ters per­son­ally be given ac­cess to the re­port, rather than the of­fi­cials. She agrees. The min­is­ters say it was she who asked them to vet the re­port be­fore she re­leased it. ● Novem­ber 1: Copies of the pro­vi­sional re­port are de­liv­ered to Mthethwa’s house, with a cov­er­ing let­ter ex­plain­ing, ac­cord­ing to Madon­sela, that she ex­pects com­ments from them in their own name by Novem­ber 6, and that only they should have sight of the re­port. Novem­ber 4: Nx­esi writes to Madon­sela on be­half of the min­is­ters, ask­ing for an ex­ten­sion to yes­ter­day. ● Novem­ber 5: Madon­sela writes back,

agree­ing to only a two-day ex­ten­sion. ● Novem­ber 7: The day be­fore the new dead­line, Nx­esi writes again, re­peat­ing the re­quest for an ex­ten­sion un­til yes­ter­day. His let­ter ar­rives at her of­fice at 2pm and she is out of town. There is no re­sponse that day. ● Novem­ber 8: Madon­sela says she is busy pre­par­ing a re­sponse and con­sid­er­ing an ex­ten­sion when she is served with court pa­pers. Later that day she asks for a post­pone­ment to yes­ter­day, ef­fec­tively grant­ing the ex­ten­sion the min­is­ters had re­quested. – Craig Dodds

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