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'Zuma must prove he took out a bond'

The DA has slammed Zuma for once again failing to be transparent regarding the Nkandla upgrades.

President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal as seen on 4 November 2012. Picture: City Press.

JOHANNESBURG - The office of the Presidency has refused to comment on allegations that President Jacob Zuma lied to Parliament about paying off a bond on his Nkandla home in KwaZulu-Natal.

The City Press at the weekend reported that while Zuma had claimed in Parliament to be paying a bond off on some of the construction of his Nkandla homestead, no bond was registered to the property.

The paper claims to have documents that confirm no bond has been registered against the property - calling into question Zuma's twice-made announcement that he is still paying-off the first phase of the construction to some sections of his homestead.

On Sunday, Presidency spokesperson Mac Maharaj refused to comment on the issue, but said he would consult with Zuma's office and determine if a response was necessary.

The_ City Press_' report also said police had refused to release proof that Zuma's KwaZulu-Natal home was a national key point.

The Department of Public Works had said it will not release information about how much it spent on renovations and what upgrades Zuma and his family received - due to rules outlined in the National Key Point Act.

'ZUMA MUST PROVE HE FOOTED REVAMP COSTS'

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has slammed Zuma for once again failing to be transparent regarding the upgrades.

DA spokesperson Mmusi Maimane said the president had to prove to the country that the bond really existed.

He said Zuma and Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi were obliged to prove that tax payers would not pay for the majority of renovations - as previously reported.

The City Press reported in October that Zuma's revamped homestead would include underground living quarters, a health facility for Zuma and his family, a helicopter pad, houses for the air force and police units, as well as playgrounds and a centre for visitors.

It claimed Zuma would only be contributing five percent to the total cost of renovations.