The release of the report by Minister of Police Nathi Nhleko last week, with its determination that President Zuma is not liable for any non-security upgrades to his private residence at Nkandla, has been met with dismay by the Justice and Peace Commission for the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference.

The commission is an advocacy body established by the Catholic church to fight for social justice and human rights.

Bishop Gabuza, the chairperson of the commission, said: “There are a lot of legal and constitutional matters that are being contested in relation to the Nkandla affair.

“As a church, our role is to remind our political leaders of their ethical responsibility. …