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Government records could force Zuma to foot the Nkandla bill all by himself

Government reports on the Nkandla saga could prevent generous donors from paying for the Nkandla upgrades on President Jacob Zuma's behalf.

The National Treasury told the Constitutional Court that Zuma is liable to pay R7.8 million for the upgrades, but recent reports have put a spanner in the works.

Investigative reporting group, amaBhungane obtained access to all the records regarding the procurement of the upgrades at Nkandla dating back to 2013.

Among the memorandums is National Key Points declaration forcing Zuma to pay for the security upgrades to his private homestead, unless an application was logged to receive assistance from the fiscus.

Ben Winks, attorney representing amaBhungane, explains that Nkandla was declared a National Key Point my the Minister of Police.

It indicated that, under the terms of the National Key Points Act, the owner of the property is required to pay for the full extent of the security upgrades.

Ben Winks, attorney representing amaBhungane

Some of the documents revealed how the upgrade costs were inflated from an initial estimate of R27 million to R246 million.

Listen to the full conversation from The Midday Report with Stephen Grootes:


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