Blade Nzimande (Werner Beukes, Sapa)
Durban - Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande has described articles about President Jacob Zuma and his Nkandla homestead as "white people's lies", the SABC reported on Wednesday.
He said the reports were "lies perpetuated by white people", according to the broadcaster.
Nzimande, speaking at the University of Zululand, praised Zuma and said it was appropriate to honour him for his contribution to peace in KwaZulu-Natal and education in the country.
Public Protector Thuli Madonsela last month found that Zuma and his family had improperly benefited from R246m security upgrades at his private Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal.
The Witnessreported last week that Nzimande had also criticised newspaper coverage of the Nkandla issue, saying reporting was biased.
Speaking at a launch in Pietermaritzburg, he said: "When I was growing up, we used to call the newspapers white man's lies… and they still are reporting for their white owners."
He continued that media coverage of the Nkandla issue was meant to demean Zuma, according to The Witness.
- Sapa and The Witness