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Nkandla: DA, EFF off to court if Zuma doesn't pay

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Cape Town - Both the DA and EFF say they will go to court if Police Minister Nathi Nhleko decides that President Jacob Zuma does not have to pay back part of the money spent on upgrading his private estate at Nkandla.

 

According to Netwerk24's Maryna Lamprecht, Nhleko has written to National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete to ask when he can inform Parliament about his long-awaited decision, which could be in the next week.

Zuma ordered Nhleko to assess whether he should be held accountable for part of the R246m security upgrades at his home in KwaZulu-Natal.

Protector's recommendation

 

EFF leader Julius Malema said on Thursday his party will go to court to ensure that Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's recommendation that Zuma pay back a "reasonable percentage" of the costs not related to security, is enforced.

DA parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane said the party is working on the first step in the process, and will appeal a ruling by the Western Cape High Court that the public protector's ruling is neither binding nor backed by law.

If the appeals court rules that the protector's findings are enforceable, it will create a precedent that can be used to force Zuma to respect her findings, Maimane said.

However, if Zuma does not want to listen to the public protector, then none of us must, Maimane added.

Meanwhile, Zuma will return to Parliament on 16 April to answer parliamentary questions he has not yet answered. One of them was posed by the EFF, asking when Zuma would pay back the money.

 

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