ConCourt ruling: Zuma to pay back the money within 45 days – Nkandla
Today the Constitutional court has unanimously ruled that President Jacob Zuma had ‘acted illigally’ and must pay back a portion of taxpayers money.
Public Protector Madonsela in her report in 2014 noted that some features included in the R246-million security upgrades to President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla residence in KwaZulu-Natal were not security features. These included a cattle kraal‚ chicken run‚ visitors’ centre and pool.
Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng‚ delivering the Constitutional Court’s unanimous judgment said the president failed in his constitutional obligation when he failed to assist the public protector by complying with her report.
The ConCourt found that President Jacob Zuma failed to uphold, defend and respect the Constitution as the supreme law of the land.
The National Treasury has been given 60 days to determine a reasonable amount for Zuma to pay back.
Zuma will then have 45 days to pay the final amount.
President Jacob Zuma has noted and respects the judgement handed down by the Constitutional Court and its findings relating to the Public Protector Report on Nkandla, the President’s homestead.
The President appreciates and reaffirms the powers of the Constitutional Court as a final arbiter on matters of the Constitution in the Republic of South Africa.
The President will reflect on the judgement and its implications on the state and government, and will in consultation with other impacted institutions of state determine the appropriate action.
The President and government remain confident that our constitutional democracy remains strong and intact and affirms the Chapter 9 institutions established to strengthen and support the country’s democracy.
Government will in due course communicate further on the matter.
Enquiring: Acting Cabinet Spokesperson Phumla Williams
Issued by Government of the Republic of South Africa
Date: 31 March 2016Acting Cabinet Spokesperson Phumla Williams