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Jay Naidoo slams those who defend Nkandla

The former Cabinet member says the fact that govt and ministers defend Nkandla upgrades is atrocious.

Former Cabinet member Jay Naidoo.

JOHANNESBURG - Former Cabinet member Jay Naidoo says it's atrocious that the government and ministers have defended the security upgrades to President Jacob Zuma's private homestead.

Naidoo says he's been inundated with complaints about corruption by ordinary workers on a daily basis, adding the culture of corruption is rife within the public service.

The Nkandla report, which investigated multimillion rand upgrades to the president's home, found he and his family improperly benefitted from some of the upgrades to his private home.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela recommended Zuma repay part of the expected total bill of R246 million and also found Zuma breached the executive members' ethics code.

Naidoo says more needs to be done to protect whistle-blowers.

The former Cabinet member says the exorbitant expenditure on Nkandla cannot be defended and Cabinet should take collective responsibility.

"Today we have a political government that is defending that. It is protecting what is a blatant example of corruption. Now, Corruption Watch said that Cabinet should take accountability for Nkandla. I endorse that."

The Public Protector's findings on Nkandla.

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