Vavi slams calls for ANC members to help Zuma pay Nkandla debt

Both the ANC in KZN & the Youth League have said members should contribute to the R7.8 million.

FILE: Former Cosatu head Zwelinzima Vavi. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Former Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) head Zwelinzima Vavi says the call by some parts of the African National Congress (ANC), for people to help President Jacob Zuma pay his Nkandla debt, shows that Zuma has become the party and the ANC has become Zuma.

Both the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal and the party's Youth League say people should contribute to the amount the Constitutional Court said the president should pay personally for the upgrades to his home.

National Treasury has said it believes Zuma should pay just over R7.8 million.

Vavi says this shows what's happening in the party it not just about Zuma.

"The rot in the ANC can no longer be put on the shoulders of one person, that rot goes too deep and too wide for us to blame one person."

Ethics South Africa CEO, Professor Deon Roussouw says it's clear who actually gained from these upgrades.

"He personally benefited and his estate benefited and therefore he should pay it back. I think it's quite clear what the intention of the Public Protector and the Constitutional Court was."

LISTEN: ANC in KZN asks members to help Zuma pay Nkandla debt.

It's understood there is no legal reason why the president can't accept donations to repay this debt.