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27 Jun 2016 17:58
A view of President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead in the distance. (Madelene Cronje, M&G)
President Jacob Zuma would have pay
back just over R7.8-million within 45 days for the non-security upgrades at his
Nkandla homestead according to the Treasury’s report submitted to the
The Concourt had ordered Treasury
about two months ago to determine a reasonable percentage of the costs of
“those measures which ought to be paid personally by President Jacob Zuma…
within 60 days.”
Treasury concluded in its report
that the reasonable costs for the non-security upgrades if determined using
June 2009 prices, when the upgrades were built, would amount to R 7 814
The Concourt ordered Zuma to pay for the building of a visitor’s centre, swimming pool,
amphitheatre and a chicken run at his Nkandla home as recommended by the public
protector Thuli Madonsela’s remedial action.
The Democratic Alliance called for the president to pay the full amount for the non-security upgrades, which meant that
Zuma would have to fork out R8 884 364.
Zuma had initially ignored the
Public Protector’s remedial action, arguing in parliament that he did not ask
for any of the non-security upgrades.
The ANC-led ad hoc committee into
the matter had also found that the president was not liable to pay for any of
The total cost of the upgrades at
the president’s homestead caused a national outcry when it was reported to have
cost a staggering R246-million, prompting opposition parties to ask the public
protector to investigate.
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