As far as ANC’s concerned, the Nkandla matter is finished

Yesterday, National Treasury submitted its report to the ConCourt saying Zuma should pay back R7.8 million.

FILE: A screen grab of President Jacob Zuma laughs in Parliament. Picture: YouTube.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) has welcomed Treasury's submission of how much President Jacob Zuma has to repay for Nkandla, saying it's glad the process is a drawing to a close.

Yesterday, Treasury submitted its report to the Constitutional Court saying it believed the president should pay back R7.8 million.

Earlier this year, judges found Zuma had broken his oath of office by ignoring the findings of the Public Protector, who found he should repay a reasonable amount for the non-security features at his home.

LISTEN: _Treasury finds Zuma must pay back R7.8 million. _

The Presidency says it's now studying Treasury's document and will make a more substantive comment when it's finished that process.

Meanwhile, the ANC's Zizi Kodwa says they are glad this process is moving forward.

"Whatever step is left in terms of payment, there is no doubt he [the president] will commit to court papers that he has always wanted to pay but wanted a determination."

He says this brings the entire issue closer to a conclusion.

"The issue of the payment is no longer the debate but the issue of the powers of the Public Protector is closed and so the issue of Nkandla is closed."

Kodwa also says it won't hurt the party during the August elections.


Questions have been raised about how Zuma will come up with the money to pay back the amount spent on non-security upgrades to his home.

If the Constitutional Court approves the amount the president will have 45 days to pay back the money.

Law expert Pierre de Vos says Zuma won't be able to contest the amount.

"The way in which Constitutional Court remedies are set out; it's not for any of the parties to contest the amount and they are the ones who decide finally if it's a reasonable amount or not."

Political analyst Somadoda Fikeni says there's also no provision stopping the president from receiving financial assistance.

"How he raises the money is up to him, if there are people who are controversial like the Gupta family it will create yet another storm close to elections."

If the court disagrees with the amount it will send Treasury back to the drawing board to determine a new figure.

Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) President Sdumo Dlamini says the issue of Nkandla has not only hurt the ANC but society at large, and he hopes Treasury's determination will be the beginning of healing.

The ANC's KZN executive committee sat yesterday as Treasury made public its recommendation on how much Zuma should pay.

Delegates at the meeting welcomed the amount, saying the matter must now be put to rest.

Dlamini attended the meeting.

He says the president must now pay, so everyone can move on.