The DA welcomes the Constitutional Court’s endorsement of National Treasury’s determination ordering that President Jacob Zuma pays back R7.8 million for his liability for the upgrades at his private residence at Nkandla.
In doing so President Zuma and no one else must “personally pay back” this money and not rely on the Guptas or members of the notorious “Premier League” to do so on his behalf as they have offered to do using taxpayer rands in recent times.
This follows a letter issued by the registrar of the Constitutional Court confirming that the President is to pay back R7.8 million by 29 September 2016 or face being in contempt of court.
While National Treasury has determined, in line with the Constitutional Court’s ruling, that R7.8 million is an amount of the costs to be personally paid by Zuma for the over-inflated R246 million project of corruption, this is not the only amount that Zuma should pay to the people of South Africa.
We contend that this is merely the first instalment of the total amount that Zuma owes at Nkandla, which must also include the fringe benefit tax for which Zuma is still liable. It cannot be that the President can get away with paying R7.8 million on a house that cost R246 million.
As such we are approaching the end of this first chapter of the Nkandla saga and are at the beginning of holding the President to account for the R63.9 million he owes in fringe benefit tax. Jacob Zuma is liable by law to pay any tax benefits personally amassed in relation to the luxurious updates at his Nkandla homestead. The DA maintains that Jacob Zuma, and only Jacob Zuma, must pay back every single rand owing at Nkandla.
For Zuma and the ANC, all the years of evading accountability, undermining the Public Protector via the farcical Nkandla Ad Hoc Committee, blocking impeachment proceedings and Motions of No Confidence, and spending millions of rands of public funds defending Zuma in every court at every level seemed to have paid off.
Unfortunately for Zuma and the ANC, that is not the case. This is not the end of the road for Jacob Zuma and his corrupt cronies; it has only just begun.
Source: Democratic Alliance.