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ConCourt sets deadline for DA, EFF, Madonsela to respond to Zuma’s proposal

The ConCourt says it's up to the parties involved in the case to decide on how to proceed.

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JOHANNESBURG – The Constitutional Court has written letters to the Economic Freedom Fighters’ (EFF), Democratic Alliance (DA) and Public Protector saying they have until tomorrow afternoon to respond to President Jacob Zuma's proposal to pay back money spent on upgrading his private Nkandla home.

The president made the surprise proposal to the court this week, but it says it's up to the parties involved in the case to decide on how to proceed.


The DA has already rejected Zuma's proposal
to repay some of the money spent on his Nkandla home.

It says the contents of the proposal do not comply with the Public Protector's findings on remedial action.

The EFF is due to formally respond to the settlement offer later this afternoon.

LISTEN: #PayBackTheMoney: Why now?

Meanwhile, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela says her office will first study the full details of what the president has proposed.

The matter is due to be heard in court next Tuesday.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane says the party's legal team will formally respond in writing to Zuma's proposal to settle the Nkandla dispute.

The Constitutional Court has given all parties until 4pm tomorrow to respond to the offer.

The DA approached the court after the National Assembly adopted a parliamentary ad-hoc committee's report which said Zuma didn't owe a cent for the controversial upgrades to his private home.

The EFF was the first to file papers in the country's highest court to force Zuma to pay back a portion of the money spent on the R246 million project.

Maimane says lawyers have drafted a formal response to the president's offer.

“Our legal team has sent me the draft of the letter. They’re submitting it to ensure we continue with our court exercise because it’s not just settling on the amount that we’re asking for, it’s settling on the fact that we want the supremacy of the Public Protector to be upheld.”

To read the Public Protector's full report on spending at Nkandla, click here.

To read the letter from the Constitutional Court, click here.

(Edited by Tamsin Wort)

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