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‘Don’t expect to get anything in return for helping Zuma pay Nkandla debt’

ANC KZN says it doesn’t believe people should help Zuma, with an expectation to get something back.

FILE: ANC President Jacob Zuma and Gauteng ANC chair Paul Mashatile uring their Gauteng Manifesto launch at the FNB stadium in Soweto on 4 June 2016. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) in KwaZulu-Natal says it doesn't believe people should give money to President Jacob Zuma to help him pay off his Nkandla debt, in the expectation of receiving something in return.

Yesterday, National Treasury told the Constitutional Court it had determined that Zuma is liable for just over R7.8 million for the non-security upgrades to his home.

The court says judges are now considering that determination.

KZN ANC's Mdumiseni Ntuli says, "To make a donation because you believe that we need to make a contribution to a particular cause, it's not necessary that there must be a return or an expectation of a return coming your own way."

Ntuli added, "We support each other in the movement when it's nice and when it's difficult. We can't say because this is a matter which is the result of a court decision that therefore supporting the president is something we're going to ashamed of."

Ntuli couldn't say if the provincial party would dispatch funds to help the president.

WHY R7.87 MILLION?

Treasury said it contracted two independent quantity surveying firms to conduct two separate investigations, and that it then moderated the results of those two probes.

In the end, the Finance Ministry said of the five facilities that were in question, a reasonable percentage of the estimated costs that the president would have to pay personally comes to nearly 88 percent of their total cost.

This corresponds to a final figure of R7,814,105 in 2009 prices.

National Treasury released the figure just a day short of the 28 June deadline set in the Constitutional Court ruling in March this year.

The court found that President Zuma failed to uphold, defend and respect the Constitution as the supreme law of the land in handling the Nkandla debacle.

COSATU PRESIDENT READY TO MOVE ON

Meanwhile, Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) president S'dumo Dlamini said the issue of Nkandla has not only hurt the ANC but society at large.

Dlamini hopes Treasury's determination of the amount Zuma should pay back will be the beginning of healing.

"People have been calling for that payment to happen and it has now been decided. I hope it settles the matter."

He said the president must now pay back the money so that everyone can move on.