Zuma fights back: Expect no cent from Nkandla until 'determination'

MARCH 12, 2015

During a Parliamentary question-and-answer session on Wednesday, President Jacob Zuma told MPs that he will not pay back any money spent on his private Nkandla homestead until a "determination" was made on the matter.

"Never have I ever thought on the date when I will pay back the money. Firstly, there is no money that I am going to be paying back without a determination by those who are authorised to do so, as recommended by the Public Protector," he said.

The President was responding to a question posed by Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) MP, Natasha Louw, who wanted to know if he had given thought to "targeting your machine to pay back the money".

Zuma said her question was "premature" and ahead of the parliamentary process dealing with the matter.
 
"The Public Protector has not said pay back the money. The Public Protector has said... where [there is] undue benefit to the family or myself, she thinks this money might be paid back. But this should be determined by the minister of police.

"That determination has not been done. Why do you say I should pay back the money? You don't even know how much," he said, to loud applause from ruling party benches."

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