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DA: Zuma has R16,8m Nkandla tax bill

The party says its calculations are based on Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s findings.

FILE: The Democratic Alliance (DA) on Wednesday said President Jacob Zuma faces a potential tax bill of nearly R17 million. Picture: City Press.

CAPE TOWN - President Jacob Zuma faces a potential tax bill of nearly R17 million for fringe benefits received for state-funded upgrades to his private Nkandla home, the Democratic Alliance (DA) said on Wednesday.

The party's calculations are based on Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's finding s that items such as the cattle kraal, chicken run, swimming pool, amphitheatre and visitor centre had nothing to do with security.

In her final report released in Pretoria last Wednesday, the protector recommended Zuma pay back some of the money spent on non-security features.

According to the DA's calculations, non-security features cost around R53 million, minus the R10 million the Public Works Department deposited into Zuma's account.

DA finance spokesperson Tim Harris says it's a conservative estimate.

"The final tax liability would be R16,8 million from fringe benefit tax alone."

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan last month said all South Africans from the president to ordinary workers are liable for tax on their income and fringe benefits.

The DA says it's asked the South African Revenue Service (Sars) to investigate.

Meanwhile, Zuma has kicked off his election campaign in Kimberley on Wednesday, addressing interfaith leaders, provincial politicians and supporters.

He says the ANC continues to grow in strength, despite constant criticism.

The president says the country is better now, 20 years after the advent of democracy.

"We've been able to realise the shortcomings and address them. We are better placed, more than anyone today, to take this country forward."

Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba was also in attendance.

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