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Corruption Watch joins EFF, DA in Nkandla ConCourt case

Corruption Watch will join the two parties as a friend of the court on Tuesday at the Constitutional Court.

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Local Politics

JOHANNESBURG - Public advocacy NGO, Corruption Watch, will be joining the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and Democratic Alliance (DA) in their court case to hold President Jacob Zuma accountable for unduly benefiting from security upgrades at his Nkandla home.

Corruption Watch will join the two parties as a friend of the court on Tuesday at the Constitutional Court.

Last week, President Zuma offered to pay some of the money that was spent at his Nkandla home and asked the auditor general and finance minister to determine how much he should pay.

However, both the EFF and the DA rejected his offer and will pursue their court case.

Executive director of Corruption Watch David Lewis says they would like to ensure the recommendations made by the public protector are upheld by the president.

“It’s deeply in our interest, and I think the country’s interest [too], that the court should confirm the findings of the Supreme Court of Appeal and make it clear that the public protector’s findings can’t be ignored.”

'NO SETTLEMENT OUTSIDE CONCOURT'

On Friday, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela said 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 is demanding a new audit of how much non-essential features at President  Zuma’s home cost the taxpayer.

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 said 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.

LISTEN: #PayBackTheMoney: Why now? 

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 Winnie Theletsane)

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