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End of an era: the life and times of Jacob Zuma

by 14/02/2018 18:22:00 0 comments 1 Views

The National Prosecuting Authority is still to decide when to try Zuma.

Zuma has also courted controversy on improvements at his Nkandla home using taxpayers’ money.

The Public Protector’s report entitled Secure in Comfort in 2014 said when security improvements totalling R264m were made to Zuma’s home‚ a number of structures were built at state expense that were not related to security. These included a kraal, a swimming pool and an amphitheatre.

The Public Protector recommended that the president had to‚ with the assistance of the ministers of police and finance‚ determine the reasonable costs of those features and repay to the state a reasonable portion of that amount.

Zuma ignored this remedial action, forcing the Economic Freedom Fighters to approach the Constitutional Court in 2016 to challenge his refusal to comply. The court held that the failure by the president to comply was inconsistent with the Constitution and was invalid.

The Treasury was ordered to determine the reasonable percentage of the costs of the non-security upgrades. It put this bill at R7.8-million.

There has also been inaction by Zuma in complying with remedial action by the Public Protector on allegations of state capture.

In her last report as Public Protector in November 2016, Thuli Madonsela had recommended that Zuma should appoint a commission of inquiry to conclude the investigations she had identified in the state of capture.

These included the question of whether Zuma had improperly allowed members of the Gupta family and his son Duduzane to be involved in the removal and appointment of various Cabinet ministers.

Zuma only complied with the remedial action in January this year, following the dismissal of his application to review the Public Protector’s report.

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