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'No settlement on Nkandla can be reached without ConCourt'

As it stands, the Constitutional Court will hear the matter on Tuesday.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela attended the Nkandla Discussion at Wits University on 20 March 2014. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN
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JOHANNESBURG – Public Protector Thuli 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 Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) is demanding a new audit of how much non-essential features at President Jacob Zuma’s home cost the taxpayer.

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

WATCH: EFF rejects Zuma's plan to #PayBackTheMoney

Both have filed their legal replies to Zuma’s proposed settlement in which he finally agreed to pay back a portion of the estimated R250 million spent on his KwaZulu-Natal homestead.

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. 

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

The Democratic Alliance is yet to file its reply, but has until 4pm today to do so

‘ZUMA SHOULD BE RECALLED’

The African National Congress (ANC) has declined to comment on EFF leader Julius Malema’s remarks that Zuma should step down, while also declaring war on him and the Gupta family.

Malema says Zuma has damaged the reputation of the Public Protector by attacking her findings.


The EFF leader held no punches has he declared war on the president and the Gupta family

“It’s a battle, it’s a war against [the] Guptas.”

He says Zuma should be recalled. 

“I was in the forefront with the removal of Thabo Mbeki and I had looked at the situation of Mbeki and I had looked at Zuma’s situation and asking myself, what it is that Thabo did that was so extreme and worse than what Zuma did.”

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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