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Zuma: Nkandla not my problem

Jacob Zuma said he’s too busy running a country to project manage a construction site.

FILE: Jacob Zuma said he’s too busy running a country to project manage a construction site. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - South African President Jacob Zuma said upgrades to his Nkandla home are not his problem as he'll still be leading the ruling party in five years' time.

A 2010 aerial view of Nkandla taken off Google Earth.

The latest aerial view of Nkandla taken in August 2013 which was taken by an aerial mapping company using a hi-tech, high-altitude mapping aircraft.

Zuma spoke in Johannesburg yesterday, opening up about the scandal over how a quarter of a billion rand was spent on his private homestead.

He justified the security installments by reminding the nation that his home had been burned and burgled and his wife raped.

Zuma also said he's been cleared by both the ministerial task team and Public Protector Thuli Madonsela.

In her report released in March the Public Protector found the president "improperly benefitted" from measures implemented "in the name of security".

But the president said he was too busy running a country to project manage a construction site and denied that anyone, except the media and opposition parties, was up in arms about the upgrades.

"Not a single person has asked about it, either in the rallies or the houses I've visited. It's not a matter for the people so they're not worried about it."

Asked by Eyewitness News for a response to Madonsela's findings that he violated an ethics code governing his office, Zuma said he would deal with that issue at a later stage.

He also denied that he's become a liability to his party and said the ANC had not lost its way.

To read Madonsela's full Nkandla report click here.

Video: ANC won't apologise for Nkandla.