Zuma: I'm not inconsistent on Nkandla money

The president says a perception was created that he never intended to pay back the Nkandla money.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - President Jacob Zuma insists he is not being inconsistent on the issue of paying back the Nkandla money.

Zuma says a perception has been created that he never intended to pay back some of the money spent on upgrading his Nkandla home, because the issue has been politicised.

The president was speaking at a breakfast briefing in Cape Town, hosted by The New Age and the SABC this morning (Friday).

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found Zuma benefitted unduly from non-security features which formed part of the R246 million project, including a swimming pool, visitor's centre and cattle kraal.

This saga dates back to 2009 when journalist Mandy Rossouw revealed that Zuma was expanding his homestead and the taxpayer was footing the largest chunk of the bill.

At the time the cost was R65 million.

A few years later, in 2012, Zuma told Parliament that he and his family had decided to extend their home and that they were paying for the construction.

The president added that he was still paying off a bond.

"By the time the government came the constructors were still on site that had been enlisted by the family, not by government."

He said the only money spent by the government was for security features, including fencing, bullet-proof windows and a bunker.

In 2015, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) intensified its 'pay back the money' campaign in Parliament - prompting the following response from the president.

LISTEN: Zuma says he will pay back the money only by determination.

The EFF and the Democratic Alliance have taken Zuma to the Constitutional Court to force him to comply with the Public Protector's remedial action.

He maintains his proposal to pay for some of the upgrades is not an admission of guilt.