The period of waiting for Zuma’s Nkandla bill will be over today following announcement that the exact amount to be coughed up by President Zuma will be made known to the Constitutional Court on Tuesday.
National Treasury’s spokesperson Phumza Macanda related that “the National Treasury will submit the report to the Constitutional Court on Tuesday, 28 June 2016, in accordance with the requirements of the Court.”
BuzzSouthAfrica gathered that the director-general of the National Treasury, Lungisa Fuzile has been spearheading the calculation process.
The ConCourt gave the National Treasury 60 days to determine the calculation and ordered that the “president must personally pay the amount … within 45 days”.
SA Awaits Zuma’s Nkandla Bill
South Africans still have high hopes that Zuma will pay back the ‘millions’ on the features he “unduly benefited” from after Constitutional Court Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng ruled in March that the National Treasury must determine a “reasonable percentage” of the costs which should be paid personally by the president.
The upgrades identified from the R246 million upgrades include Zuma’s visitors’ centre, amphitheatre, cattle kraal, chicken run and a swimming pool.
This was in line with the findings of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela in her report – Secure in Comfort – which was published over two years ago and has been the subject of controversy.
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, according to an earlier report obtained.
The court’s ruling also confirmed that the Public Protector’s findings were binding and could not be second-guessed and could only be challenged on legal review.
However, irrespective of the fact that EFF’s Malema had pushed on for “Zuma to pay back the money”, the president’s supporters, particularly the ANC in Mpumalanga, had indicated their willingness to help foot Zuma’s Nkandla bill.