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Madonsela sees beginning of the end for Nkandla saga

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela says as at the end of the day, President Jacob Zuma will pay.

FILE: A view of the homestead of South African President Jacob Zuma in Nkandla in January 2014. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela says Treasury's determination of how much President Jacob Zuma must pay for non-security upgrades at his Nkandla home signals the beginning of the end for the Nkandla debacle.

Madonsela spoke to Eyewitness News on the sidelines of the 80th anniversary celebrations of the Temple Israel in Hillbrow earlier today.

Last month, Treasury submitted its report to the Constitutional Court, saying it believes the President should pay back R7.8 million.

The Public Protector couldn't say if she was satisfied with the just over R7.8 million amount that Treasury wants the President to pay back.

"Whatever they've done, I believe they had reasons to come up with the figure they came up with. "

Madonsela says as at the end of the day, the President will pay.

"From our side it is over. As long as the money is paid, we'll consider it as 'case closed'."

Earlier this year, the Constitutional Court found that President Zuma had broken his oath of office when he ignored the Public Protector's findings that he should pay back a reasonable amount for non-security features at his KwaZulu-Natal home.