Johannesburg - 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 R246 million security upgrades at his private Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal. - Sapa