'We we will not settle' - Maimane
Thulani Gqirana and Genevieve Quintal, News24
Cape Town - The DA will not enter into a settlement on the Nkandla matter, despite President Jacob Zuma's proposal, its leader Mmusi Maimane said on Thursday.
The Constitutional Court has given the parties involved in the matter until 16:00 on Friday to reach a settlement.
"We have written back and said we will not settle," Maimane told the Cape Town Press Club.
"It's not just about the money. We want the powers of the public protector to be recognised. So if we settle out of court, then her powers will still be under debate."
He said the DA wrote back to Constitutional Court on Wednesday.
It was not yet clear if the Economic Freedom Fighters or Public Protector Thuli Madonsela would agree to Zuma’s proposal.
On Tuesday, Zuma's lawyers wrote to the court’s registrar, suggesting that it order the Auditor General and finance minister to determine how much he should repay for the non-security features at his home in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal.
EFF leader Julius Malema was expected to brief the media at noon on Thursday.
The EFF and DA were due to argue in the Constitutional Court next Tuesday that Zuma needed to comply with Madonsela’s recommendations, made in her March 2014 report entitled “Secure in Comfort”, that he repay a reasonable part of the R246 million spent on so-called security features at Nkandla.