South Africa: Really, #PayBackTheMoney – Semantics Drive Fears Zuma Will Short-Change Taxpayers

Civil society lobby group Accountability Now has written to ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe and Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, expressing concern that an interpretation in the ConCourt judgment of the remedial action ordered by the public protector might short-change taxpayers. The Constitutional Court ruled that President Zuma pay back the money for non-security upgrades within 60 days of the 31 March judgment. With less than 30 days to go, the clock is ticking. By MARIANNE THAMM.

One of the the rulings of Chief Justice Moegeng Moegeng and a full bench of the Constitutional Court was that President Zuma pay back an amount for non-security upgrades to his private residence at Nkandla and which was to be determined by the Treasury within 60 days of the 31 March judgment. After that President Zuma would have 45 days to repay taxpayers.

Some of those non-security upgrades included those listed by the Public Protector Thuli Madonsela in her report into the Nkandla splurge and titled “Secure In Comfort”. By now we all know that these are the infamous “fire” pool, the visitor’s centre, the amphitheatre, the cattle kraal and the chicken run.

But there are more upgrades, says Accountability Now, part of the “scope…

SOURCE: Daily Maverick