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Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has slammed Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko’s report which exonerates President Jacob Zuma from any wrongdoing in relation to spending on his Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal.

Nhleko’s report, released this week, cleared the president of any financial liability and found that
all the features were indeed for security purposes.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, whose initial report said Zuma should pay back a portion of the money spent on upgrades to Nkandla, has described Nhleko’s report as flawed.

In a statement, Tutu says government is trying to sweep aside the Public Protector’s report.

He says it’s unacceptable to spend hundreds of millions of rand on, what he’s described as, the president’s false security needs.

Tutu says the police minister is trying to defend the indefensible and in the process has humiliated the country and its people.

He states that he’s deeply saddened by the developments.

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