President Jacob Zuma should repay 100% of the reasonable costs of the upgrades to his Nkandla homestead, Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane said on Monday.
The DA made this comment on the eve of the National Treasury’s deadline imposed by the Constitutional Court for it to report on the reasonable percentage of the cost that Zuma should pay for those upgrades.
“We maintain that a ‘reasonable percentage’ of the reasonable costs can only be 100%.
“In determining the reasonable percentage thereof that he must pay‚ the National Treasury must send a clear message to all public representatives that corruption will not be tolerated‚” DA leader Mmusi Maimane said in a statement.
In her report titled Secure in Comfort in 2014‚ Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found that Zuma and his family improperly benefited from the measures implemented in the name of security which included non-security comforts as his Nkandla house.
These included the visitors’ centre‚ swimming pool‚ amphitheatre‚ cattle kraal with culvert and chicken run.
She directed that Zuma‚ assisted by certain state functionaries‚ should work out and pay a portion fairly proportionate to the undue benefit that had accrued to him and his family.
For more than a year‚ Zuma did not act on Madonsela’s remedial action.
This prompted the Economic Freedom Fighters and the DA to launch applications to the Constitutional Court to force the president to comply with the remedial action.
In March‚ the court declared that the failure by the Zuma to comply with the remedial action ordered against him‚ by the Public Protector‚ was inconsistent with the Constitution and invalid.
The court said the National Treasury must determine the reasonable costs of those measures implemented by the Department of Public Works at the President’s Nkandla homestead that do not relate to security.
It also said the National Treasury must determine a reasonable percentage of the costs of those measures which ought to be paid personally by the President.
It gave the Treasury until Tuesday to report back on the outcome of its determination.
The DA said all who were involved in the abuse of state resources at Nkandla be brought to book.
“We simply cannot accept that ordinary citizens have to carry the burden of the President’s self-serving conduct. The only reasonable thing for him to do is to personally pay back 100% of the reasonable costs of the upgrades.”
Source: Times Live