Nkandla Fringe Benefit Declaration: President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday declined to clarify whether he actually declared the fringe benefits from his Nkandla homestead upgrades.
In a written response to a question by the Democratic Alliance (DA) on whether Zuma declared Nkandla fringe benefits to the taxman, Zuma told the opposition that his tax affair is a confidential matter between him and the South African Revenue Service (SARS).
On the fate of some officials who were implicated in Nkandla debacle, Zuma, in response to the Congress of the People (Cope), disclosed that one of the officials was given two months suspension without pay and a written warning after he admitted guilt to misconduct.
His second response was in reply to another DA question, seeking information on whether the president will appointment a commission of inquiry into the banking sector.
Local media outlet, Eyewitness News reported also that President Zuma answered the blue party that he’s not considering appointing a commission of inquiry into the banking or the financial services sector “at the moment”.
On March 31, 2016, the Constitutional Court ruled that the president, Jacob Zuma, failed to uphold the constitution when he ignored a state order to repay some of the government funds used for a £11m upgrade to his private residence, including a swimming pool and an amphitheater.
The court also ruled that parliament, which is dominated by the ruling African National Congress, had failed in its obligations by not holding Zuma to account.
Zuma was ordered to personally pay back the cost of those improvements to his residence, Nkandla, that were not essential for security, including a cattle enclosure, a visitor center, and a chicken run – in what was a costly judgment for Zuma in financial and political terms.
In a unanimous judgment, the 11 constitutional court justices said a damning 2014 report by the public protector, Thuli Madonsela, into the upgrade was legally binding and that remedial action should have been upheld.
The case was brought by Madonsela alongside the Democratic Alliance and the Economic Freedom Fighters party.
Last week, former president Kgalema Motlanthe said the only way the ANC can keep its supporters is by showing ‘convincing remorse’ over Nkandla.
He iterated that truth and a deep remorse are the only factors that can bring back the confidence and love the ruling party once enjoyed from its supporters.