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Zuma agrees to pay back the money

President Jacob Zuma has proposed an end to the legal controversy regarding the public protector’s March 2014 report on Nkandla: ‘Secure in Comfort’, the Presidency said in a statement on Tuesday evening.

“To achieve an end to the drawn-out dispute in a manner that meets the public protector’s recommendations and is beyond political reproach, the president proposes that the determination of the amount he is to pay should be independently and impartially determined.

“The auditor general and minister of finance be requested by the court,  to conduct the exercise directed by the public protector.”

The Presidency said that the proposal is made in the letter directed on Tuesday by the president’s attorneys to the Registrar of the Constitutional Court. The court is due to hear the matter on February 9 2016.

“The actual amount that the President is required to pay was not determined by the Public Protector who limited herself to setting out this process for the amount to be determined.”

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