Maharaj: Zuma should've prepared himself to pay back Nkandla money

Mac Maharaj reportedly said Jacob Zuma told him he refused to prepare himself to pay back the money.

FILE: Mac Maharaj was saying the president should have “prepared himself” to pay back the money for the upgrades to his Nkandla residence. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - _Business Day _is quoting President Jacob Zuma's former spokesperson Mac Maharaj as saying the president should have "prepared himself" to pay back the money for the upgrades to his Nkandla residence.

This week Parliament's ad hoc committee visited the KwaZulu-Natal homestead where it found the costs had been grossly inflated by construction companies.

Meanwhile, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) is celebrating its second anniversary in Rustenburg where Nkandla and the "pay back the money" slogan are being discussed among delegates.

Maharaj has told the Business Day Zuma told him he refused to "prepare himself to pay back the money even though he could raise funds as he didn't ask for the upgrades".

EFF supporters in Rustenburg are wearing t-shirts demanding Zuma reimburse the taxpayers while others say Nkandla will result in the end of the African National Congress.

A man says the president must take responsibility.

"No one can go to your house and build something you don't know about… they will always come to you for a yes or a no."

Maharaj has also reportedly said it's important that the party creates a culture of taking responsibility for its actions.


A special parliamentary committee looking into the Nkandla spending debacle concluded its work in KwaZulu-Natal following a busy week that included an in-loco inspection of the president's homestead and lengthy deliberations.

LISTEN: Maimane on Nkandla.

ANC Members of Parliament (MPs) claim Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's report on the security upgrades.

They agree that the cost of the project was grossly inflated, but disagree that Zuma benefited unduly and should be held accountable.

At the same time, opposition MPs said they want him to take responsibility for the money that was spent on features such as the swimming pool and cattle kraal, which formed part of the R246 million project.

They've also rejected the ANC's argument that there's no link between the president's homestead and the costly barracks that were built right next door.