The National Treasury has confirmed that president Zuma has finally paid the money for the non-security upgrades at his Nkandla home.
In addition, presidency spokesperson Bongani Ngqulunga and Treasury spokesperson, Yolisa Tyantsi both confirmed to reporters that the money has been paid; adding that both offices are finalising statements.
This payment followed the deadline set by the Constitutional Court in its landmark ruling a few months ago. The court had ordered Treasury to estimate Zuma’s bill within 60 days and gave Zuma until mid-September to settle the money for his Nkandla homestead.
Thereafter, Treasury confirmed that it contracted two independent quantity surveying firms to conduct two separate investigations; and that it then moderated the results of those two probes.
At the end of investigations, the finance ministry disclosed that of the five facilities that were in question; a reasonable percentage of the estimated costs that the president would have to pay personally came to nearly 88 percent of their total cost.
In July, South Africa’s Constitutional Court formally accepted that president Zuma will pay back R7.8 million for the upgrades in his Nkandla home as earlier estimated by the National Treasury. The court subsequently gave Zuma 45 days or nine weeks to pay back the money.
It is imperative to note that Nkandla investigation started after DA Parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko asked the Public Protector to investigate Zuma, shortly after her tenure began.
The process dragged on for several years until it finally landed in the Constitutional Court where the apex court decided that the powers of the Public Protector were binding and that President Zuma failed to uphold; defend and respect the Constitution as the supreme law of the land in handling the Nkandla debacle by refusing to comply with the remedial action as specified by the Public Protector.
Nkandla Home Upgrades
The upgrades identified from the R246 million upgrades include Zuma’s visitors’ centre; amphitheatre; cattle kraal; chicken run and a swimming pool.
A breakdown of the total cost indicate that R3.96 million was spent on the swimming pool; R3.92 million was spent on the visitors centre; R1.2- million was spent on the cattle kraal and chicken run while the cost of Zuma’s amphitheatre is still unclear. This is according to an earlier report obtained.