DA’s Nkandla case ‘relatively persuasive’

The DA has launched a case against Zuma for failing to comply with Thuli Madonsela’s remedial action.

A group of about 30 journalists has been taken on a guided tour through President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead on 26 July 2015. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A constitutional law expert says the Democratic Alliance (DA) has put forward a 'relatively persuasive argument' in its case against President Jacob Zuma for failing to comply with the Public Protector's remedial action on the Nkandla saga.

The party filed papers in court on Wednesday, a day after the National Assembly adopted a report which found Zuma was not financially liable for the spending at his private home in rural Kwa-Zulu Natal.

But Pierre de Vos adds the opposition might have difficulty convincing the Western Cape High Court to set aside Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhelko's report on the spending debacle.

He said, "Nhleko's report was a political report, it's not a legal report. It's going to be a bit more difficult, I think, for them to persuade the court to interfere in those processes; in the parliamentary process of appointing the ad hoc committees and in setting aside the police minister's report on Nkandla. "

Thuli Madonsela found the president benefited unduly from the non-security features which formed part of the R246 million project, while Nhleko said Zuma doesn't owe a cent.