How the R7.8-million that Zuma must pay back for Nkandla was calculated

President Jacob Zuma must pay R2.3-million for the so-called swimming pool, R1-million for the amphitheatre and R1.2-million for the cattle kraal at his Nkandla home, among other things, according to the national treasury.

A panel of six experts from two quantity surveyor firms helped the treasury determine how much Zuma had to pay for the upgrades to his Nkandla homestead.

In its report to the Constitutional Court on Monday, treasury said Zuma must pay R7.8-million for the non-security upgrades to his Nkandla homestead. This also includes just more than R250 000 for the chicken run and almost R2-million for the visitor’s centre.

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This was determined using 2009 prices, when the upgrades to the visitors’ centre, amphitheatre, swimming pool, cattle kraal and chicken run were done, the report said. Treasury was tasked with determining a “reasonable amount” for the non-security upgrades to Zuma’s homestead.The panel was of the view that the only element of the five components in question that could be considered to be of a security nature was the control centre at the ground floor of the visitor’s centre, the report said.

National Treasury took into account the current use of the lower level of the visitors’ centre, it said in the report, and calculated accordingly.

“As a consequence, the reasonable percentage of the estimated costs of the five measures that the President would have to pay personally would be 87.94%. This percentage corresponds to R7 814 155 as at June 2009.”

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The report stressed the independence of the two groups of experts, who each visited the Nkandla homestead on separate days, and did not share reports.

The National Treasury said these two organisations had volunteered their services on April 12, 2016, without charge, to assist it in fulfilling the tasks assigned by the Constitutional Court. “The National Treasury accepted their offer of assistance, as it was thought prudent to bring on board the breadth of expertise that resides in these two institutions.“Finance Minister Pravin Gordham said the report was submitted shortly before 15:00 on Monday.“The work of the National Treasury has been completed in respect of the order,” he said. – News24



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