While payment of Nkandla charge is still pending, African National Congress (ANC) National Executive member, Nomvula Mokonyane, urged ANC regions to come to the rescue.
Mokonyane called for ANC regions to contribute money to help President Jacob Zuma pay back the R7.8 million used for non-security upgrades at his private home.
Mokonyane made the call while delivering the Thulani Mashaba Memorial Lecture in Empangeni on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast.
Thulani Mashaba died in a car crash in 2015.
Meanwhile, ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe mentioned in the past that anyone who helps to raise the money for President Jacob Zuma to pay for the Nkandla upgrades will be destroying the president and will have to answer to the court.
Mantashe pointed out that the Constitutional Court was clear that Zuma had to pay the money spent on his Nkandla homestead alone.
“All I am saying is that the ConCourt is quite clear, the ANC cannot pay whatever amount.”
The Nkandla charge was arrived at by the National Treasury after it was instructed by the Constitutional Court to determine what amount Zuma must pay back.
Nevertheless, Mokonyane insits that President Zuma needs the support of ANC members at a time like this.
“When they say Nxamalala must pay, where do they think he will get money from? We have almost a million members of the ANC. We said he mustn’t pay but he decided to otherwise.
I am sure if Thulani was around he would have raised funds to help and make sure that he is our president. After the elections we are coming back in this region to raise funds. We will be looking to get at R50 000 from this region. You will be doing this in the honour of Mashaba,” Mokonyane says.