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ConCourt expected to rule on Nkandla debacle tomorrow

Tomorrow’s judgment will determine whether the President Zuma defied the Public Protector’s orders.

Advocates getting ready & taking their places in the Constitutional Court ahead of a hearing over the Nkandla debacle. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Nkandla saga is expected to come to a head tomorrow when the Constitutional Court hands down judgment which will determine whether or not President Jacob Zuma defied the Public Protector's orders to pay back some of the money spent on his KwaZulu-Natal homestead.

Judges took over a month to weigh up arguments presented by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), the Democratic Alliance (DA), the national assembly speaker, the president and Public Protector Thuli Madonsela.

Zuma's lawyers conceded in court that he would be happy to pay back some of the money, but asked judges not to make a finding that could be used to impeach him.

Zuma had previously considered the Public Protector's orders as mere recommendations.

However, this changed earlier this year when his lawyer Jeremy Gauntlett admitted that Madonsela's orders are binding.

The EFF, who is spearheading the case, argued that Zuma violated his ethical duty to protect what it calls his 'ill-gotten gains'.

Tomorrow's ruling will also come as pressure mounts against the president following claims that the Gupta family offered people in the African National Congress (ANC) ministerial positions in Cabinet.