Zuma agrees to #PayBackTheMoney

2015-04-01 09:40

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President Jacob Zuma has finally agreed to pay back some of the money that was spent on his Nkandla homestead.

“Yes, I can confirm that the president has decided to pay back all the money that was spent on nonessential security upgrades,” said his spokesperson Mac Maharaj this morning.

“The president decided that it was the right thing to do. The money will be made available by next month.”

While Maharaj would not confirm how much the president would be paying back, the Democratic Alliance has calculated – on a conservative estimate – that nonsecurity upgrades to his private property could have been worth about R52.8 million.

Maharaj said that he did not know what the money would be used for.

“That is up to the national treasury. I trust they will deploy the money where it will be needed most.”

The president has been under fire after it was revealed that R246 million in taxes was spent on upgrades at his private residence at Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal.

“We were thrilled to hear the news,” said Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille.

“The DA has always believed that the National Key Points Act and, by extension, the minister of police had no application in the matter relating to the ‘security upgrades’ at the president’s private residence.”

The Public Protector also made it clear in her report into the matter that items such as the cattle kraal, the chicken run, the “fire pool” (swimming pool), the visitors’ centre and the amphitheatre had nothing to do with security considerations for the president but only served to benefit his personal property. She duly recommended in her final report that Zuma pay back part of the public money spent on these nonsecurity line items.

Watch Zuma’s announcement here:


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