Under fire South Africa’s President, Jacob Zuma, has made indications of willing to pay for some of the upgrades made at his Nkandla homestead.
Zuma, together with a number of his cabinet ministers, has been defiant saying the upgrades had followed proper processes arguing he was not going to pay back for some upgrades deemed ‘controversial and luxurious’ by the opposition.
However, the President made some concession few days before the case brought by the opposition, Economic Freedom Fighters to the constitutional court is to be heard.
Zuma is also set to make his state of the nation address, which is feared could be disrupted again by opposition parties. His move to pay for some upgrades could be to save face and avoid another humiliating encounter from oppositon parties.
The Economic Freedom Fighters and the Democratic Alliance applied directly to the Constitutional Court for orders declaring that the steps taken by the President to give effect to the Public Protector’s remedial action are unconstitutional.
“President Jacob Zuma has proposed an end to the drawn-out legal controversy regarding the Public Protector’s March 2014 report on Nkandla, ‘Secure in Comfort’,” read a statement from the Presidency.
“While President Zuma remains critical of a number of factual aspects and legal conclusions in the report, he proposes a simple course to implement what the Public Protector recommended as remedial action contained in the report.”
Zuma says, to achieve an end to the drawn-out dispute in a manner that meets the Public Protector’s recommendations and is beyond political reproach, he proposes that the determination of the amount he is to pay should be independently and impartially determined.