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Quotes that define the #Nkandla saga

The ConCourt today ruled that Zuma pay back the Nkandla money and reprimand the ministers involved.

FILE: Police Minister Nathi Nhleko accompanied by Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi giving an update on the Nkandla Project during the media briefing at Imbizo Media Centre in Cape Town on 28 May 2015. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - The Constitutional Court's ruling comes more than six years after the Nkandla scandal first came to light.

In the beginning, there was the denial by President Jacob Zuma.

"A wrong impression has been given in the country that government has built a home for me - it is not true," he said.

That was 2012; the following year, Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi jumped into the fray.

"President Zuma, I must emphasize, did not ask for security installations. No state funds were used to build the president's private residence."

Having ordered the Special Investigating Unite to investigate, and being cleared by a parliamentary ad hoc committee, the president stood firm.

"Recommendations, are recommendations and they're not verdicts", he said.

In May last year, it was Police Minister Nathi Nhleko's turn.

"The swimming pool is known to be the best firefighting water source, and as such, the most important security feature."

But then came the stunning U-turn at the Constitutional Court, when Zuma's lawyer said his client accepted the Public Protector's remedial action.

"The president accepts that the Public Protector has directed remedial action that, since it has not been renewed, it has to be carried out."



It's now over to the African National Congress to decide what happens.

To read the full judgment by the ConCourt on Nkandla, click here.

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