Zuma given 45 days to #PayBackTheMoney

The Constitutional Court has today confirmed the amount that treasury determined he pay.

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

CAPE TOWN - The clock is now ticking on the 45-day deadline for President Jacob Zuma to pay the R7.8 million he owes for the non-security upgrades to his Nkandla home.

The Constitutional Court today confirmed the amount that Treasury determined he has to pay.

More than two years ago, Public Protector Advocate Thuli Madonsela found that Zuma and his family benefitted unduly from some of the refurbishments.

In her 2014 report titled "Secure in Comfort," Madonsela said Zuma should repay a reasonable portion of taxpayers' money spent on the R246 million project to secure his private residence in rural Kwa-Zulu Natal.

But there was resistance from both Zuma and the ANC.

The issue came to a head when opposition political parties - the EFF and DA - took the president to the country's highest court for an order compelling him to pay back the money.

Today's confirmation from the Constitutional Court means Zuma is personally liable for the swimming pool, cattle kraal, amphitheater, visitors' centre and chicken run.