Judgment in Nkandla case expected on Thursday

The case saw Zuma's advocate conceding he was happy to pay back some of the money spent on Nkandla.

The Constitutional Court in Johannesburg. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Constitutional Court has confirmed its judges will announce its ruling on the Nkandla case on Thursday.

President Jacob Zuma spent R246 million on non-security features at his Nkandla home in KwaZulu-Natal.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found that Zuma and his family unduly benefited and recommended that he repay some of the money.

The case saw the president's advocate conceding that he was happy to pay back some of the money spent by government on his Nkandla home.

During argument on the case, Zuma's advocate Jeremy Gauntlett said that Zuma was happy to pay back some of the money that government had spent on his home, but he also said that judges should not provide any reason for Members of Parliament to try and impeach the president.

He also told judges that this was a "delicate time in a dangerous year".

But this case will also decide the powers of the public protector.

Madonsela's lawyers argued that her findings are binding, and have to be implemented, but Zuma argued that her powers are actually limited and her findings are merely recommendations.


Former African National Congress (ANC) Chief Whip Stone Sizani is adamant the ANC's parliamentary caucus always wanted Zuma to pay back some of the money spent on his Nkandla home.

In an unexpected move, the ANC announced last month that Sizani was to be redeployed to serve as South Africa's ambassador to Germany.

Sizani said Parliament never defied the Public Protector's report.