DA rejects Zuma's Nkandla proposal

Mmusi Maimane says his party will push ahead with a Constitutional Court case against Zuma next Tuesday.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN/JOHANNESBURG - Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane has just announced his party's decision to push ahead with a Constitutional Court case against President Jacob Zuma next Tuesday over the Nkandla spending debacle.

Maimane says while he notes Zuma's settlement offer, the DA contends that the contents of the proposal do not comply with the remedial action set out by the Public Protector.

In a statement released last night, the president proposed the amount he's expected to pay back, relating to the controversial renovations at his private home, should be independently determined by the Auditor-General and minister of finance.

In her report titled 'Secure in Comfort', which was released in 2014, Thuli Madonsela said the president should pay back a reasonable percentage of the money spent on the R246 million project to improve security at his Nkandla home.

President Zuma has proposed paying back some of the money spent on the #Nkandla upgrades. https://t.co/u1IhnktlZZ

Meanwhile, political analysts say president wants to avoid a possible defeat in the Constitutional Court after he presented an alternative proposal.

Political analyst Somadoda Fikeni says the president is trying to avoid losing the Nkandla battle in court.

"People will say 'I told you so' and it may also have to do with the local government elections."

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi says Zuma is trying to avoid court.

"He is not responding out of the goodness of his heart or out of understanding the importance of respecting the remedial action and recommendations of the Public Protector."