CONSTITUTIONAL COURT APPROVES REPAYMENT BY SOUTH AFRICAN PRESIDENT

South Africa's Constitutional Court has approved a Treasury report detailing the amount that President Jacob Zuma is personally liable for upgrades which are not related to security at his private residence in Nkandla in KwaZulu-Natal Province.

The Treasury had earlier determined that Zuma had to repaythe government 7.8 million Rand (about 546,000 US dollars) for those upgrading works, which relate to a swimming pool, a visitor centre, an amphitheater, a cattle kraal and chicken run.

In a landmark decision earlier this year, the Constitutional Court Unanimously affirmed the powers of the Public Protector (Ombudsman) and found that the president acted in violation of her report into the upgrades to his Nkandla home.

It ordered the president to pay a reasonable percentage of the reasonable costs of those five non-security upgrades.

In compliance with the court's judgment, last month the Treasury submitted a report to the court detailing its calculations on how much the president is personally liable for. After the court signified its approval, the President now has 45 days to pay back some R7.8 million.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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