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Tweeps aren't buying Zuma's offer to #PayBackTheMoney

EWN conducted Twitter poll, asking people what they thought of Zuma’s decision to #PayBackTheMoney.

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - News that President Jacob Zuma wants to settle the long-running dispute over the millions of rands squandered on his private Nkandla home hasn't been welcomed by all.

On Wednesday, Eyewitness News conducted a poll on Twitter and asked people what they thought about Zuma's decision to #PayBackTheMoney.

Over 1,000 people voted.

Twenty percent thought it was too late, while nine percent thought it was the right thing to do and an overwhelming 70 percent thought it was just an election tactic.



The hashtag Nkandla started doing the rounds on Twitter and people called it a farce, while others poked fun at the issue:

The president has suggested that the Auditor-General and the Minister of Finance determine the amount he should repay.

A statement from his office issued late last night says that Zuma made the proposal in a letter to the registrar of the Constitutional Court.



#PAYBACKTHEMONEY

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela directed that the president repay some of the public funds spent on non-security features installed at his rural homestead.

Madonsela said the amount should be decided by National Treasury and the police.

In her report titled 'Secure in Comfort', which was released in 2014, she said the president should pay back a reasonable portion of the money spent on the R246 million project to improve security at his private home in KwaZulu-Natal.

Last year, the National Assembly adopted a parliamentary ad-hoc committee's findings that Zuma did not have to pay a cent for non-security features such as a swimming pool, cattle kraal and amphitheatre.

A report by Police Minister Nathi Nhleko sought to clear the president and was stamped a whitewash, and the EFF, and later the DA, decided to go to court, to have Zuma's actions declared unconstitutional.

The matter is set to be heard in the Constitutional Court next week.

To read the public protector's full report click here.