Individual members of the ANC in at least three provinces are preparing to raise funds to help president Jacob Zuma pay for Nkandla, according to the City Press.
This follows a Constitutional Court ruling which said that Zuma had violated the Constitution in ignoring a report by the Public Protector, which said he was liable for some of the cost of the Nkandla project.
ANC members from Mpumalanga, North-West Province and the Free State have shown intent to contribute to the total amount Zuma owes for security upgraded to his Nkandla home – an amount is yet to be determined by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.
The amount Zuma owes has to be determined and submitted before the end of May 2016, and Zuma must pay that amount within 45 days thereafter, the Constitutional Court ruled in March.
ANC representatives from the three provinces told the City Press that they would support a trust in which members could contribute to pay off the president’s debt. All other provinces had not discussed the idea, or could not be reached, the paper reported.
In April, the Gauteng ANC took an opposite view and called on the president to take responsibility for the Nkandla saga and to “do the right thing” – stopping short of calling for the president to step down.
ANC secretary general, Gwede Mantashe, however, criticised the move to open a trust, saying that province leads should not impose their opinions on the various ANC branches in their province.
You can read the full story in the City Press for 1 May 2016