Outgoing Public Protector Thuli Madonsela said President Jacob Zuma's repayment for non-security upgrades at his Nkandla home is an act of "righting the wrongs" to move the country forward.
While acknowledging the damage caused to Zuma's reputation, she said not all hope should be lost for ethics in the public service.
Madonsela made the comments on the sidelines of a gender equality conference at Rhema Bible Church on Wednesday night.
In 2014, Madonsela's 'Secure in Comfort' report found that Zuma benefited unduly from the R250 mega million bonanza, recommending he pay back the money for non-security items.
Venda-based VBS Mutual Bank approved a R 7.8 million loan towards the repayment amount as instructed by Treasury after the Constitutional Court ruled the National Assembly failed to uphold the Constitution in addressing the matter.
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