ConCourt begins handing down Nkandla judgment

2016-03-31 10:12

Johannesburg - The Constitutional Court has started handing down its judgment in the Nkandla matter on Thursday morning.

"This is a unanimous judgment that I have written," Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng said. 

"It deals with issues of monumental importance to the people of this country and the wellbeing of our constitutional democracy." 

The judgment relates to the non-security upgrades – paid for by the taxpayer – at President Jacob Zuma's private home in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal.

The EFF and DA took Zuma and National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete to court after they failed to adhere to the remedial action Public Protector Thuli Madonsela set out following her investigation.

They wanted the court to clarify the powers of the public protector, and order Zuma to repay some of the R246 million spent on non-security items such as the swimming pool, initially called a "fire pool", a chicken run, cattle kraal, amphitheatre, and visitors' centre.

Before the matter was heard by the Constitutional Court in February, Zuma proposed that it appoint the auditor general and minister of finance to determine how much he should pay for certain upgrades to his homestead.

Zuma supplied a draft order stating this, and it is up to the Constitutional Court to make it a final order.

Madonsela was not in court on Thursday morning, however she said on Twitter that her deputy, Kevin Malunga, is there to represent the public protector team. 

DA leader Mmusi Maimane and the EFF's Mbuyiseni Ndlozi were also in court. 

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