Daddy Zuma acknowledged that he has received the report the National Treasury submitted to the Constitutional Court about Nkandla repayment.
The Presidency said Zuma received the report on Monday afternoon, and is studying it.
You’ll recall that the Constitutional Court in March, ordered the National Treasury to calculate a reasonable cost of the non-security upgrades to President Zuma’s Nkandla home.
The non-security upgrades highlighted in Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s report included the swimming pool, chicken run, kraal and the amphitheater.
The National Treasury in line with the Constitutional Court instruction, estimated Nkandla repayment to be R7.8 Million.
Reacting, opposition parties wailed that the R7.8m is tiny compared to R246m cost of the Nkandla upgrades.
In response, Zuma’s party remarked that the opposition parties are undermining the Constitutional Court. To them, everyone must shut up and let Mr President decide what to do about Nkandla repayment.
Speaking for the party, Zizi Kodwa said: “we are one step closer to finalize the issues of Nkandla. We know other parties would not want to see the chapter closed because it would make them irrelevant. If you take away Nkandla you would make political abuse docile and irrelevant.”
Kodwa added that anyone wailing that the Nkandla repayment amount is small, is undermining the Constitutional Court.
“The court did not say to National Treasury, go and have rallies or door-to-door visits and ask people how much the president should pay.
The complaints must know courts are final arbitration and complainants must accept the ruling and not undermine its decisions. By questioning National Treasury they are undermining the court,” Kodwa asserted.
DA’s leader Mmusi Maimane today, called on the President to personally pay back the R7.8 million.
“The DA has welcomed this determination and we reiterate our position on the fact that President Zuma is now legally obliged to pay back this money – without delay – and pay it personally.
Personally does not mean that Zuma’s pals and cronies can pay this money back to the people on his behalf.
President Zuma committed the offence, President Zuma was ordered to pay back the money by the Public Protector and the Constitutional Court, and it’s now time President Zuma pays back the portion of money out of his own pocket,” Maimane charged.