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South African President, Jacob Zuma Has Paid Back Nkandla Money

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President Jacob Zuma has paid for non-security upgrades to his private Nkandla home, the National Treasury said on Monday, in line with a court order issued in March.

“We can confirm as the National Treasury that the payment has been received,” a spokeswoman for the Treasury said.

The President raised the amount through a home loan obtained from VBS Mutual Bank on its standard terms. Zuma was initially given 45 days to pay back the money.

In June, the Treasury said that Zuma should pay R7.8 million for the non-security upgrades, after the Constitutional Court in March ordered Zuma to pay back some of the R248 million of state money spent upgrading his private home.

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Zuma earns R2.8-million a year, meaning that his R7.8-million Nkandla bill is more than double his annual salary.

The ANC says Zuma will pay back the money. Spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said on 29 June, “The President has made an undertaking in court papers that he will pay whatever amount has been determined,” said ANC spokesman Zizi Kodwa.

The amount of R7 814 155 was calculated in line with 2009 prices, which is when the project started.

Back in March, the court delivered a damning judgment against him and the National Assembly for their handling of the public protector’s Nkandla report.

It said the president failed to uphold, defend and respect the constitution and that Zuma must personally pay the amount determined by the National Treasury.

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