South Africa’s Zuma proposes to partly pay for controversial home improvements

South African President Jacob Zuma has proposed that the auditor-general and finance minister determine how much money he is liable to pay for controversial state-funded improvements to his rural home, Zuma’s office said.



Public Protector Thuli Madonsela said in a 2014 report Zuma had “benefited unduly” from some of the upgrades that cost nearly 250 million rand ($15.3 million) and included a cattle enclosure and amphitheatre.

Madonsela said Zuma should repay the state for the costs of the unnecessary renovations, but the president has denied any wrongdoing.

Opposition parties, particularly the militant left-wing Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), have since frequently heckled Zuma in parliament over his refusal to pay the money.

The EFF and the Democratic Alliance (DA) have taken the matter to the Constitutional Court, with a hearing set for next Tuesday.

The presidency said in a statement issued late on Tuesday night Zuma had proposed that the chief auditor and the finance minister fix the amount due from him in order to “achieve an end to the drawn-out dispute”.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane said on South African radio his party would not agree to a “settlement that will undermine the public protector”. EFF spokesman Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said the movement would consult its lawyers.

“President Zuma is not responding out of the goodness of his heart or out of understanding the importance of respecting the …. recommendations of the public protector,” Ndlozi said.

4 Responses to South Africa’s Zuma proposes to partly pay for controversial home improvements

  1. Mahamba February 3, 2016 at 1:25 pm #

    Thats the reason why he fired Nhlanhla Nene so that he can use this guy who is said not to have any qualifications. Unfortunately the alert South Africans refused to accept the firing of Nhlanhla

  2. gutter poet February 3, 2016 at 3:16 pm #

    Msholozi appears to have found the right path..this issue was making a charlie out of him. Now he can start dancing all over the show again.

  3. vivian v siziba February 3, 2016 at 3:23 pm #

    At least democracy is vibrant in South Africa,all this is due to a populace which is prepared to defend it through their representatives in parliament and other platforms which promote constitutional democracy,particularly chapter nine institutions.Even the decision to fire Nhlanhla was fiercely resisted and the President had to bow to that pressure and appointed Praven Gordan a technocrat in that field.This is a feat which is quite uncommon in Africa.

  4. crazy February 4, 2016 at 12:05 am #

    now … that’s what I call a president!!!!

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