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Cope: Zuma is lying about Nkandla

The Congress of the People says the president should heed calls to come clean about the scandal.

The Congress of the People says the president should heed calls to come clean about the Nkandla scandal. Picture: File.

JOHANNESBURG - The Congress of the People (Cope) says President Jacob Zuma is not telling the truth about the security upgrades at his Nkandla home.

The party says the president must listen to other parties and religious leaders who have demanded that he reveal the truth behind his involvement in the project.

Last month, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found that Zuma unduly benefited from the quarter of a billion rand development at the KwaZulu-Natal homestead.

But Zuma has publicly argued that he never asked for the upgrades and would not pay back a cent.

Cope's head of elections Dennis Bloom says Zuma should not be believed.

"It can't be the truth that he was not aware. He knows very well that people were doing work at his private property."

He says many South Africans have already asked the president to tell the truth.

"The call is getting louder and louder by the day from many of the political parties, NGOs and faith-based organisations. The time has come for him to come clean."

He says Zuma's decision to await a Special Investigating Unit (SIU) report before speaking further on the matter is merely a "delay tactic."

The SIU's report is only expected to be released after the 7 May general election.