Zuma ordered to pay back R8m for Nkandla upgrades

JOHANNESBURG - The Treasury has determined that President Jacob Zuma must pay back a little more than R7.8m for nonsecurity upgrades at his Nkandla home.

This was according to the report by Treasury submitted to the Constitutional Court on Monday.

"The reasonable percentage of the estimated costs of the five measures that the president would have to pay personally would be 87.94%.

"The percentage corresponds to R7,814,155 as at June 2009," the Treasury said in the report.

In a terse statement on Monday, the Treasury confirmed it had submitted its report but referred all questions to the Constitutional Court.

"The Constitutional Court ordered on March 31 2016 that the National Treasury must determine a reasonable percentage of the costs of those measures which ought to be paid personally by the President (and) … report back to this court on the outcome of its determination within 60 days of the date of this order," it said.

"The National Treasury, has in line with the court’s order, submitted its report on the President’s homestead in Nkandla to the court."

The Treasury referred all queries to the court.

In its March ruling, the Constitutional Court found that the findings of the public protector were binding and that Zuma’s failure to comply with the remedial action taken against him, by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela in her 2014 report Secure in Comfort, was inconsistent with the Constitution.

The court also ordered that the Treasury determine the "reasonable costs" of those measures implemented by the Department of Public Works at Zuma’s home, which did not relate to security.

These were the visitors’ centre; the amphitheatre; the cattle kraal; the chicken run and the swimming pool only.

Zuma would have to pay within 45 days of the court’s approval of the Treasury’s report.

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