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'Zuma must be held accountable'

Opposition parties want Zuma to answer for alleged wrongdoing related to Nkandla upgrades.

President Jacob Zuma.

JOHANNESBURG - There has been a fresh outcry after explosive details contained in Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's draft Nkandla report surfaced.

The Mail & Guardian published the contents of the preliminary report on the R206 million upgrades at President Jacob Zuma's private residence.

Madonsela's findings are that Zuma derived "substantial" personal benefit from the upgrades and should pay the state back.

Opposition parties have been quick on the trigger, firing off statements about the latest revelations.

There are calls for the ANC to take action against Zuma and for the police to start investigating the upgrades.

But it is not likely any action will be taken until the final report is released as those implicated still have an opportunity to respond to the findings.

These include that Zuma violated the executive ethics code by misleading parliament and failing to protect state resources.

Madonsela wants the president to account to parliament over what she has called "uncontrolled creep" of the project's scope.

Recently, the state security cluster tried to block the release of the report by taking Madonsela to court.

The security cluster said it was concerned about security breaches in the report.

However, Madonsela maintained there were no security breaches.

The state later backed down and promised to allow Madonsela to carry out her duties freely.

She is expected to release her report in 2014.

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