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ICYMI: How Zuma raised over R7-million for Nkandla bill

12 September, 05:21 PM

President Jacob Zuma secured a second home loan through the bank VBS Mutual in order to reimburse the State for non-security upgrades to his homestead Nkandla.

Treasury and a spokesperson from the Office of the Presidency confirmed Zuma had paid back a portion of the R246-million the State spent on his private home.

His decision follows the outcome of Constitutional Court ruling earlier this year, in which a full bench recommended he pay back a reasonable amount to the State.

The bench considered the report of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, in which she recommended Zuma pay for non-security upgrades installed at his KwaZulu-Natal home.

Zuma's home loan, worth a little more than R7.8-million, was acquired even though his house is not on land he owns but leases.

His payment contrasts with several government officials' earlier insistence that features such as a cattle kraal, amphitheatre and pool were necessary security features and not luxuries.

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