President Jacob Zuma stated at a post State of the Nation Address (SONA) discussion at The New Age Business brief in Cape Town that he never wanted to back out of paying back the money for Nkandla. He specified that he was only waiting for parliamentary processes to decide on how to act and how much he should pay back.
Speaking at the post (SONA) discussion at the The New Age Business brief on Friday, Zuma made this declaration that he was waiting for the Public Protector to decide on how much he was going to pay back from the money spent on his Nkandla homestead.
“I do not think there was a change in my view with this matter. The public protector report said there was nothing wrong. But she did say there was a few items she had a view of that did not qualify as security elements and felt the president and family need to pay back a reasonable amount. She did not say how much”.
“She then said the minister of police and minister of finance must determine what needs to be paid.”
President Zuma made it clear that determination has not yet been made on the Nkandla issue and blamed speculations that he was not going to pay on political perception.
“There are many times when I asked how much I must pay back, but no one knows. There was a political perception I am not going to pay. Paying that money is not admitting anything wrong”.
“There was a thorough investigation into this matter. People need to respect that.”
The annual State of the Nation Address was delivered by the president on Thursday evening During which the Economic Freedom Fighters and also Congress of the People members walked out before the speech could finish.