Nkandla deadline a day away

Tuesday will mark the deadline of the National Treasury to determine how much President Jacob Zuma must pay back for his Nkandla home.

R246 million was spent on Nkandla but reports conducted indicate that Zuma is set to only pay back a very small percentage of the amount.

In late March the Constitutional Court ordered that Zuma must pay back a reasonable amount of the money spent on all non-security upgrades for his homestead.

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng and a full bench of Judges ruled out that the President  failed to uphold and protect the constitution when he failed to comply the Public Protector’s remedial action.

Mogoeng added the Public Protector’s remedial action is binding and Zuma has to comply with the action.

The Democratic Alliance on Monday said Zuma has defrauded the country and he now has to pay back the amount used for his personal mansion, the party also added the President should repay “100% of the reasonable costs”.

 “President Zuma was fully aware of the Nkandla updates and the inflated costs related, yet he kept quiet as millions of rands of taxpayers money was spend on lavish upgrades the Zuma homestead, to the benefit of the Zuma family,” said DA leader Mmusi Maimane.

Maimane called the National Treasury to communicate a clear message to all public representatives that corruption will not be tolerated.

The Leader added they are still waiting for all those who were involved in the abuse of state resources at Nkandla be brought to book.

On the other hand the National Treasury said it is on track and insisted it will meet the Nkandla deadline.

The Treasury is on Tuesday set to present the figure of the reasonable amount the President must pay back to Constitutional Court.

After presenting the amount, Zuma will have a total of 45 days to pay the final amount.

 

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