Treasury setting up a team to determine how much Zuma must pay

Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan arrives with members of the Natioanl Treasury Lungisa Fuzile and Mcebisi Jonas to present his 2016 Budget Vote Speech in the National Assembly. Picture Credit: Gallo Images
Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan arrives with members of the Natioanl Treasury Lungisa Fuzile and Mcebisi Jonas to present his 2016 Budget Vote Speech in the National Assembly. Picture Credit: Gallo Images

National Treasury is setting up a team to determine how much President Jacob Zuma is liable to pay for non-security upgrades performed at his private residence in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal.

This comes a day after the Constitutional Court ruled that the National Treasury must, within 60 days, determine a reasonable percentage that Zuma must personally pay for non-security upgrades. Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng said Zuma is liable to pay for the swimming pool, chicken run, cattle kraal, amphitheatre and visitor's centre as these are not security measures.

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Friday that the team to be established will work in a transparent manner.

"We as the Treasury are currently giving some detailed attention to the judgment itself so that we understand the instructions from the court very clearly.

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"The Treasury will constitute a team with the necessary expertise and experts including quantity surveyors and lawyers to execute the mandate given to us by the Constitutional Court and I can assure South Africans that the process will be transparent, thorough and professional and within the rules of public finance management as we've practised as a government under the Public Finance Management act," said Gordhan.

Gordhan also said that the team will be consulting with different stakeholders, including the office of the Public Protector, for information on the Nkandla issue.

"Where appropriate I will consult with the Public Protector in terms of the information they have that will be helpful to us and any other stakeholder that would help us to understand our mandate and execute our mandate as efficiently and as quickly as possible,"he said.

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