South Africa’s finance minister Pravin Gordhan says the national treasury will be thorough in estimating Zuma’s bill on non-security upgrades in his Nkandla homestead. The minister also disclosed that the treasury will set up a committee that will determine the appropriate bill.
“Following a unanimous Constitutional Court judgment on Thursday that Zuma had to pay back some of the money spent on the upgrades, in line with the remedial action by Madonsela in her report, National Treasury will now work to figure out the exact cost.”
He told reporters in Pretoria,
“Treasury will study the judgment and constitute a team… the process will be thorough.”
The minister, who has been in a war of words with SARS commissioner since his return to the treasury, said efficiency and transparency will be the watchword of the prospective committee members.
Gordhan stated that he will be setting up a team and that the team will be made up of quantity surveyors and lawyers, who would determine the amount Zuma has to pay back.
“The Treasury will constitute a team with the necessary expertise and experts including quantity surveyors and lawyers to execute the mandate given to us by the Constitutional Court and I can assure South Africans that the process will be transparent, thorough and professional and within the rules of public finance management as we’ve practised as a government under the Public Finance Management act.”
He added that he will consult with the Public Protector and different stakeholders if necessary, to ensure they carry out the ConCourt mandate efficiently and as soon as possible.
“Where appropriate I will consult with the Public Protector in terms of the information they have that will be helpful to us and any other stakeholder that would help us to understand our mandate and execute our mandate as efficiently and as quickly as possible.”
Meanwhile, BuzzSouthAfrica has gathered that finance minister Ghordan is holding a South African Revenue Service briefing, along with SARS Commissioner Tom Moyane in Pretoria.
On March 31, the Constitutional Court handed down a ‘damning’ judgement on the president and also ruled that the National Treasury must, within 60 days, determine a reasonable percentage that Zuma must personally pay for non-security upgrades.
On the other hand, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng asserted that Zuma is liable to pay for the swimming pool, chicken run, cattle kraal, amphitheatre and visitor’s centre as these are not security upgrades.