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DA to go ahead with ConCourt case against Zuma

As things stand, the Constitutional Court will hear the matter against Zuma on Tuesday.

President Jacob Zuma responding to the Sona 2015 debate. Picture; Thomas Holder/EWN.
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JOHANNESBURG – The Democratic Alliance (DA) says it will not file responding papers to the affidavit President Jacob Zuma submitted to the Constitutional Court proposing to pay back some of the money spent on upgrades to his Nkandla home. 

Yesterday, the court gave the party, as well as the Economic Freedom Fighters’ (EFF) and the Public Protector until 4pm today to file their papers.

The DA’s James Selfe says the party will go ahead with the court case next week.

“The registrar of the Constitutional Court has invited parties that if they can reach an agreement amongst themselves, to let the court know by 4pm today. We do not think it is possible to arrive at an agreement.”

Both Public Protector Thuli Madonsela and the EFF have filed their legal replies to Zuma’s proposed settlement.

Madonsela says no settlement in the Nkandla saga can be reached without the powers of her office being reaffirmed by the highest court in the land.

At the same time, the EFF has rejected Zuma's offer to ask the Auditor-General and the finance minister to determine how much he should pay.

It’s demanding a new audit of how much non-essential features at Zuma’s home cost the taxpayer.

Not only has the president’s settlement offer been rejected by both political parties involved, there are now new demands on the table. 

The EFF has proposed strict deadlines for the determination of how much Zuma should pay and when he should do so, along with a call for a judicial finding that he breached his oath of office. 

Madonsela has taken a far more diplomatic route, but says if no settlement is reached the court should settle the dispute over her powers once and for all. 

WATCH: EFF rejects Zuma's plan to #PayBackTheMoney

As things stand, the Constitutional Court will hear the matter on Tuesday. 

The EFF is set to march to the Constitutional Court next week, when the case against Zuma is set to be heard.

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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