Group offers to pay back Zuma money

The offer was made in a letter before Parliament’s ad-hoc committee on Nkandla.

The Nkandla homestead. Picture: City Press.

CAPE TOWN - A group calling itself the Public Members' Unit Team on Thursday offered to pay back money on behalf of President Jacob Zuma for upgrades to his Nkandla homestead.

This is if it is found the president owes money for upgrades to his private KwaZulu-Natal homestead.

The group made the offer in a letter that has come before Parliament's ad-hoc committee on Nkandla.

The committee, which consists only of African National Congress (ANC) Members of Parliament (MPs), met briefly on Thursday.

MPs from opposition parties earlier withdrew from the process.

In the letter, the group offers to pay back the money on behalf of Zuma.

It is one of three letters before the ad-hoc committee.

Another letter from a group called Concerned Lawyers and Educationists for Equality Before the Law related to a formal complaint against Public Protector Thuli Madonsela.

It calls for the protector to be fired.

In her report released in March, Madonsela said Zuma and his family improperly benefitted from the R246 million upgrades, which included a cattle enclosure and amphitheatre.

She found that Zuma should pay back some of the costs of the unnecessary renovations.

The third letter was from Madonsela with an offer to address the committee on her Nkandla report.

It appears unlikely the committee will take her up on the offer.

The committee has to report back to Parliament by 24 October.