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DA looking to clarify Madonsela's powers in Nkandla case

DA leader Mmusi Maimane says the president’s proposal is not in line with what the public protector asked for.

FILE: DA leader Mmusi Maimane raises his fist during a speech on joblessness in South Africa after a march through the Johannesburg CBD. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) pledged to push ahead with its constitutional court action against President Jacob Zuma, saying it will provide legal certainty on the powers of the public protector.

Last year, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) filed papers in the highest court in the land to force Zuma to pay back a portion of the money spent on upgrading his Nkandla home, in line with what the public protector's report.

The DA then also approached the court.

In a statement issued last night, Zuma's office said he wanted to settle, and has proposed to the court that the amount he must repay be decided by the Auditor General and the Minister of Finance.

LISTEN: #PayBackTheMoney: Why now?

DA leader Mmusi Maimane says the president's proposal is not in line with what the public protector asked for.

"The DA will argue that the president's failure to argue rationally with the public protector's findings and remedial actions pertaining to him were illegal, irrational and unconstitutional."

ANC spokesperson Moloto Mothapo says the president's proposal does not imply that he is responsible for any wrongdoing in relation to the Nkandla upgrades.

"There was no corruption or stealing on the part of the president."

The EFF has been consulting its lawyers and will announce tomorrow how it intends proceeding.

WATCH: #PAYBACKTHEMONEY: Mr President, let's meet in court.

Meanwhile, Public Protector Advocate Thuli Madonsela has welcomed the president's willingness to engage on complying with her remedial actions.



The Nkandla matter is due to be heard in the Constitutional Court next week Tuesday, two days before the president's State of the Nation Address.