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First on EWN: 'There's no justification for a president to have a home like Nkandla'

Archbishop Desmond Tutu has told EWN that while Madiba had a state house, it was not excessive.

FILE: Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu says there's no justification for a president to have a home like Nkandla.

In a special podcast series, which looks at reconciliation and commemorates South Africa's landmark Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Tutu has told EWN 's Pippa Green that while Nelson Mandela had a state house, it was not excessive.

"One hoped that now that we have a democratic government, led by someone with the same stature of Madiba that those things would be the things that our government would realise had to happen for the sake of the people who had suffered so long."

He's bemoaned the millions spent on Nkandla.

"It is actually very difficult to understand how you could agree to have those millions spent on one establishment when similar investments would have given quite a few people decent homes.

"You are not being anti-Zuma, you are not being anti-ANC, you are just saying 'do you realise what the struggle was for? Do you realise that these people in different kinds of ways sacrificed and expected that by now they would have a government that was really sympathetic in its action?'"

Meanwhile, the African National Congress (ANC) yesterday said it's not its place to monitor whether the instructions of a Constitutional Court ruling on the Nkandla debacle are being implemented.

Speaking at the ANC headquarters in Johannesburg yesterday, Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe said ANC branches had accepted President Jacob Zuma's apology for his handling of the Nkandla matter.

The Constitutional Court found that the president failed to uphold his oath of office when he ignored the Public Protector's report into spending at his private homestead.

LISTEN: TRC Podcast Series: What is the state of reconciliation in South Africa?

Click here to view History for the Future, a special feature to commemorate 20 years since the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings.

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