The Constitutional Court has given the go ahead, following the pronouncement by the Treasury that President Jacob Zuma must pay back just R7.8 million out of the money used for non-security upgrades to his private home in Nkandla.
After the ruling in March, the court gave the Treasury 60 days during which it is supposed to determine what the President was going to pay back for the money he used to upgrade his home. Treasury surprised the country on Monday as it presented the report which was expected on Tuesday.
As expected, the African National Congress (ANC) welcomed the report with open arms while the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Economic Freedom Fighters disagreed with the figure saying it’s not convincing.
For EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, the amount is simply not enough, insisting that President Zuma has a lot more to answer for.
The DA on the other hand made a comment on the eve of the National Treasury’s deadline imposed on it by the Constitutional Court to report on the reasonable percentage of the cost that Zuma has to pay for those upgrades.
“We maintain that a ‘reasonable percentage’ of the reasonable costs can only be 100%.
“In determining the reasonable percentage thereof that he must pay‚ the National Treasury must send a clear message to all public representatives that corruption will not be tolerated‚” DA leader Mmusi Maimane said in a statement.
Meanwhile, President Jacob Zuma said he would only comment on the Treasury’s report after he must have studied it.
Now that the Constitutional Court has given the thumbs up to the report, it is up to Zuma to get the bill paid in 45 days without any assistance as the court ruled.