The EFF wants President Jacob Zuma to pay a portion of the non-security upgrades at his private Nkandla residence, but lawyers for Zuma have argued the party should first approach a high court or the Supreme Court.
CAPE TOWN - President Jacob Zuma has agreed to pay back some of the money spent to upgrade his Nkandla home.
This is ahead of a massive legal showdown before the Constitutional Court next week between the President and the EFF and DA over the Nkandla saga.
On Tuesday evening, the State Attorney sent a document to the EFF, Public Protector and DA’s legal teams which appears to be a white flag.
In the letter, the President’s lawyers suggest that the Auditor General be appointed to determine how much money he must pay back for any non-security related upgrades at his homestead, Nkandla.
This includes the chicken run, visitor&39;s centre, amphitheatre and so-called fire pool.
He also suggests that the Auditor General is assisted by a member of the Treasury.
The EFF is taking Zuma to court on 9 February for effectively ignoring the recommendation of the public protector that he pay back a portion of the money spent on security upgrades at Nkandla.
In a remarkable about turn now, the President says he is willing to settle the matter ahead of the scheduled court date.
What should Zuma PayBackTheMoney for?— eNCA (@eNCA) February 3, 2016
In the letter, he says he has considered the matter seriously and believes its about time the whole Nkandla matter was put to rest.
He also believes it’s the right thing to do for the sake of nation building and national unity.
The EFF has also threatened to disrupt the President’s State of the Nation Address next week.
Last year it was disrupted by EFF members chanting “Pay Back the Money”.
Any settlement should reaffirm the powers of the public protector,we should all agree first that remedial actions of the PP are binding...— Julius Sello Malema (@Julius_S_Malema) February 2, 2016
We fought for the remedial actions to be upheld in the WC high court, the ScA & won. we were going to win at the ConCourt. Thus Pres UTurn— Mmusi Maimane (@MmusiMaimane) February 2, 2016
For analysis, watch the video in the gallery above.