‘Zuma should pay back at least R52m’

The DA presented a list of what it said were unnecessary expenses Zuma needed to reimburse.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma answers questions in Parliament on the 11 March 2015. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) on Friday announced that President Jacob Zuma should repay at least R52 million of the money spent on upgrades to his Nkandla homestead.

The party presented a list of what it said were unnecessary expenses that Zuma needed to reimburse government for.

Police Minister Nathi Nhleko is expected to release a report next week determining whether or not Zuma should repay a portion of the money spent on the upgrades.

A fire pool, a tuck shop and mood lighting have been listed as some of the expenses the DA believed Zuma should pay for.

The party's Mmusi Maimane said these features had nothing to do with security at the president's private residence.

"What in fact took place at Nkandla, moved away from it being a security upgrade to becoming a presidential upgrade."

Zuma told Parliament that he will not repay a portion of the R246 million spent on the upgrades, until Nhleko made a determination.