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Nkandla: Zuma proposes to pay back the money

The Presidency issued a late night statement saying Zuma made the proposal in a letter to the ConCourt.

President Jacob Zuma addressing the nation after meettng with the management and leadership of universities as well as student leaders to discuss the stalemate with regards to university fee increases on 23 October 2015. Picture: GCIS.
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Local Politics

CAPE TOWN – President Jacob Zuma wants to settle the long-running dispute over the millions of rand squandered on his private Nkandla home.

He has suggested that the Auditor-General and the Minister of Finance should determine the amount he should repay.

A statement from his office issued late last night says that Zuma made the proposal in a letter to the registrar of the Constitutional Court.

The court is set to hear an application by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and the Democratic Alliance (DA).

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela directed that president Zuma repay some of the public funds spent on non-security features installed at his rural homestead.

She said the amount should be decided by National Treasury and the police.

A report by Police Minister Nathi Nhleko sought to clear the president and was stamped a whitewash, and the EFF, and later the DA, decided to go to court, to have Zuma’s actions declared unconstitutional.

The matter is set to be heard in the Constitutional Court next week.

 

In her report titled 'Secure in Comfort', which was released in 2014, Madonsela said the president should pay back a reasonable portion of the money spent on the R246 million project to improve security at his private home in KwaZulu-Natal.

Last year, the National Assembly adopted a parliamentary ad-hoc committee's findings that Zuma did not have to pay a cent for non-security features such as a swimming pool, cattle kraal and amphitheatre.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)

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