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Zuma: Load shedding not entirely government's fault

The president says poor leadership is not to blame for the current power crisis in the country.

President Jacob Zuma addresses media at a working lunch for editors hosted at the Presidential Guest House in Pretoria on 8 February 2015. Picture: GCIS.

PRETORIA - President Jacob Zuma says load shedding is not entirely the fault of poor leadership by government and that he strongly disagrees with the Public Protector's findings on Nkandla.

Zuma was addressing media at a working lunch with editors at the Presidential Guest House in Pretoria.

This weekend saw many parts of the country without power for long periods, with more load shedding forecast for this week.

The president however said government could have done better in the 20 years and that nobody denied that.

"If the blame is solely to government, to say government is a failure, that there is no leadership and that's why we've got load shedding is the wrong answer to the question."

NKANDLA

Zuma looked slightly frustrated when asked about the Public Protector's Nkandla findings.

"I see no reason and have never seen reason why that recommendation came. I never decided, I never called anyone, I never decided that, look, I want these ones."

Last year, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found Zuma and his family had benefitted improperly from the money spent on his KwaZulu-Natal home.

She recommended that he repay some of the money.

The president says there's something fishy in the way the Nkandla scandal has been dealt with and that it's been used for political gain.

He says he's been unfairly treated and that the media isn't interested in the facts.

"At the top there, there's a clinic which belongs to government. It's unfair that no investigative journalist has gone back to find out exactly if this is not clear. Even if I say it as I'm saying it here, you're not going to report it because it's nice to write about Nkandla."

Zuma also says he'll be guided by the speaker if Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema interrupts his State of the Nation Address.