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Will Zuma finally pay back the money?

A SCA judgement in a case involving the SABC has reinvigorated calls for him to pay back the money.

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) judgment in a case involving the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has reinvigorated calls for President Jacob Zuma to pay back the money spent on upgrading his Nkandla home.

The court in Bloemfontein on Thursday handed down judgment in SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng's appeal against a Western Cape High Court order compelling the public broadcaster's board to suspend him pending the outcome of a disciplinary process.

The case was an opportunity for the SCA to clarify the powers of the Public Protector, whose report on Motsoeneng's improper conduct was ignored by the board.

The judges said Thuli Madonsela's findings cannot be ignored or trumped by a parallel probe, confirming that those who disagree with her reports should challenge her findings by way of a review application.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has now written to National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete asking her to convene an urgent sitting of the house next week, to rescind reports by the Nkandla ad-hoc committee.

The ANC used its committee majority to endorse the Police Minister's findings that the president doesn't owe a cent for the Nkandla upgrades.

In August, the National Assembly gave the report its stamp of approval.

DA Spokesperson Graham Charters said the SCA's ruling confirms this was wrong.

In her report titled "Secure in Comfort", Madonsela found the president benefitted unduly from non-security features which formed part of a R246 million project to upgrade his private residence in Kwa Zulu Natal.

The Economic Freedom Fighters said the court's ruling is a boost for their campaign to get the President to "pay back the money."

The party has turned to the Constitutional Court to force Zuma to comply with Madonsela's remedial action. The case is set down for February 2016.