Mantashe calls the nation hypocrites on Nkandla

Gwede Mantashe said apartheid architects haven’t apologised to millions of black people.

FILE: ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - African National Congress secretary general Gwede Mantashe says it is hypocritical for South Africans to ask President Jacob Zuma to apologise over the Nkandla saga while the architects of apartheid have not done the same for the suffering of millions of black people.

Earlier this week the Economic Freedom Fighters and Democratic Alliance took the president to the Constitutional Court seeking clarity over the powers of the Public Protector.

The court found that Zuma failed to uphold the Constitution when he failed to implement recommendations made by Thuli Madonsela to pay a portion of the money spent on his Nkandla residence.

Mantashe says the relevant institutions should be left to deal with the matter over non-essential features at Zuma's private homestead.

"If you have not forced architects of apartheid to apologise then you are exaggerating Nkandla. To expect an apology for Nkandla when it is left to the right institutions, you are pushing too far."

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