South Africa’s Constitutional Court says it has now 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.
South Africa’s Constitutional Court document posted on social media today reads: ” Having regard to paragraphs 7 and 8 of its order of 31 March 2016, this Court signifies, with effect from the date of this letter, its approval of the amount of R7, 814, 155 as at June 2009, set out in the paragraph of the Report by National Treasury submitted to the Court on 27 June 2016.”
The highest court added that Zuma has now 45 days or nine weeks to pay back the money.
After Concourt’s milestone judgement on Nkandla in March, the court ordered Treasury to estimate Zuma’s bill within 60 days.
Last month, Treasury said 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 relayed 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.
Subsequently, National Treasury released the figure (R7.8 million) just a day short of the 28 June deadline set in the Constitutional Court ruling in March this year.
Few months ago, the court found 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.
The upgrades identified from the R246 million upgrades include Zuma’s visitors’ centre, amphitheater, 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 amphitheater is still unclear, according to an earlier report obtained.