Zuma has officially paid back the money

By News24 Wire
12 September 2016

President Jacob Zuma has paid back the R7,8m he owed for upgrades to his private home in Nkandla.

President Jacob Zuma has paid back the R7,8 million he owed for upgrades to his private home in Nkandla.

A panel of six experts from two quantity surveyor firms helped the National Treasury determine how much Zuma had to pay for the upgrades. The Presidency confirmed the news to YOU. Treasury had recommended Zuma pay R7.81 million rand for non-security-related features, including R2.3 million for the so-called swimming pool, R1 million for the amphitheatre and R1.2 million for the cattle kraal.

A view of the controversial homestead in Nkandla on January 21, 2014

The Constitutional Court ruled in March that Zuma had violated the constitution by not abiding by the Public Protector's recommendation that he should pay some of the money spent on the residence.

Presidency spokesperson Bongani Ngqulunga and Treasury spokesperson Yolisa Tyantsi both said the money had been paid, adding that both offices were finalising statements.

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