ConCourt approves Zuma’s R7.8 million Nkandla bill

The Constitutional Court on Tuesday approved the sum of R7.8 million that president Jacob Zuma has been ordered to pay for non-security upgrades at his Nkandla homestead.

A Constitutional Court document posted on social media read:

“Having regard to paragraphs 7 and 8 of its order of 31 March 2016, this Court signifies, with effect from the date of this letter, its approval of the amount of R7, 814, 155 as at June 2009, set out in the paragraph of the Report by National Treasury submitted to the Court on 27 June 2016.”

According to a report by News24, the president has 45 days to pay back the money.

In June Treasury said that president Zuma must pay back R7.8 million of the R246 million for upgrades to his Nkandla residence.

It follows a ruling by the Constitutional Court in March 2016 that the Treasury should determine “a reasonable percentage of the costs” Zuma must pay for upgrades to his homestead including the construction of a visitors centre, an amphitheatre, a cattle kraal, a chicken run, and swimming pool.

At the time, the Sunday Times reported that the state spent close to R10 million on the five facilities, which public protector Thuli Madonsela deemed to be non-security-related as the upgrades were intended.

The paper said that Zuma would not be required to pay what the Department of Public Works paid for the five facilities.

According to Treasury, the “reasonable percentage” the president would have to pay personally would be 87.94%.

This percentage corresponds to R7,814,155 as at June 2009, Treasury said.

Reporting with News24

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ConCourt approves Zuma’s R7.8 million Nkandla bill