Johannesburg - The media acted unfairly by labelling
President Jacob Zuma a corrupt leader, he said on Monday.
"It's very much unfair... Neither of the two reports
say I abused government money," he told editors in Johannesburg.
He said this was a major allegation, and the media had not
been telling the truth.
"I've not expressed my total views on this matter... It
has been investigated, there was no finding of misconduct."
He spoke in the third person, saying: "No government
has built Zuma's house."
Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found in her report that
Zuma and his family unduly benefited from the R246m security upgrade to
The newspapers that published pictures of his Nkandla
homestead were misinforming people.
"You give an impression that this man is gone to that
massive thing built there," he said.
"In the picture, a clinic for the government... is put
as part of my homestead."
He reiterated that he was paying a bond, and was running a
country, not a construction company.
"It's not fair when you give a picture of Zuma's house
and a narrative that is not correct."
Zuma stressed he was also a citizen who had rights.
"I am also a citizen. I need protection also. The
[Public] Protector's report does not say Zuma abused money of government. I
don't think it is fair treatment to a citizen."
He said the media went overboard sometimes when reporting on