…Zuma’s journey ends here – Malema
The South Africa Constitutional Court has given President Jacob Zuma three months to pay back the money he drew from the public coffer that he used to upgrade his private home at Nkandla, saying the decision breached the constitution of the Rainbow nation.
The court has given the treasury 60 days to determine how much he should repay.
“The National Treasury must determine the reasonable costs of those measures implemented by the department of public works at the president’s Nkandla homestead that do not relate to security…,” Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng ruled on Thursday, in a unanimous Constitutional Court judgment.
The South Africa Treasury has been given 60 days to determine the percentage that Zuma must pay back
An anti-corruption body, known as the public protector, ruled in 2014 that $23m (£15m) of public funds had been used on Zuma’s private home. It demanded a refund but Zuma sat on the report, a decision the Chief Justice has described as “inconsistent with the Constitution [hence] invalid”.
Meanwhile, opposition leaders led by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Julius Malema have called on Mr. Zuma to immediately step down or face an impeachment.
“Zuma’s journey ends here… Zuma’s case ends here. Anyone who wants to question this matter any further would be questioning the court. We call on him to step down and to do that with immediate effect” EFF leader Julius Malema told reporters.
The Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane said the ruling was a clear indication that “Zuma’s action amounts to a serious violation of the constitution, and constitutes grounds for impeachment”.
Zuma is accused by the opposition of using public funds to upgrade his home with a swimming pool and amphitheatre.