| June 29, 2016

South African opposition parties have had mixed reactions to the Treasury's report on improvements made to President Jacob Zuma's private residence at Nkandla in KwaZulu-Natal Province which stated that the president should repay just under 8.0 million Rand (about 524,000 US dollars) for non-security upgrades to the property.

The amount had been pegged at 7.8 million Rand, an amount which the Spokesperson for the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, says is simply not enough, adding that President Zuma has a lot to answer for.

In March, the Constitutional Court gave the Treasury 60 days in which to determine what the President was liable to pay.

The main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), says the figure does not absolve the president from the total amount spent on the project. Party leader Musi Maimane says he is studying how the Treasury determined the amount.

"The amount that is determined is for the five items and, yes, he must pay that amount and we are obviously studying. I am looking at what Treasury's processes was in being able to determine the figure but it does not change the fact that Jacob Zuma spent 256 million Rand of taxpayers' money in upgrading his personal home; (that) does not change," he added.

"Therefore, we must get to the bottom of where the rest of the money must come from and the civil claim against even his architect must be pursued."

Meanwhile, the president said he would only comment on the Treasury's report after studying it. He has 45 days to repay the amount after the court ratifies the report.

Source: Nam New Network


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