'Zuma has proof of Nkandla bond'
The president is willing to show proof of his Nkandla bond, but only to an authorised agency.
JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma is willing to show proof of the bond on his Nkandla home but only to an authorised agency, the Presidency revealed on Tuesday.
Officials made the comments while responding to recent reports that Zuma may have misled Parliament when he told MPs that he had taken out a bond on his private home in KwaZulu-Natal.
His claim was called into question over the weekend, when the City Press newspaper reported that it could not find proof that a bond was registered.
Presidency spokesperson Mac Maharaj said, "Zuma is ready at any time to show proof of the bond to an authorised agency."
Democratic Alliance Parliamentary Leader Lindiwe Mazibuko wrote to National Assembly Speaker Max Sisulu to ask for clarity on the matter.
Reports claim that government, under the Public Works Department, spent nearly R250 million on refurbishments at his Nkandla homestead.
Constitutional law expert Pierre de Vos said the Public Protector could be asked to investigate whether Zuma misled Parliament.
He said in theory, the president could face criminal charges if he lied.
"If a person misleads Parliament, then there is potential for them to be prosecuted criminally for fraud for telling MPs something that is not true."