South Africa has slapped President Zuma with a R7.8-million bill for upgrades of his Nkandla homstead.
The home cost South African tax payers more than R240-million.
Michael Zuma, his son told the Sunday Times: “If they want him to pay, I do not know where he is going to get the money. He has not spoken to us about this matter and we have only learnt about it in the news.”
In another interview, Zuma’s eldest son, Edward, also claimed that the family would not afford the multimillion-rand sum that the president has been tasked to pay back.
“We are not a rich family,” he said.
“If I had money myself I would pay for him and relieve him. But the family will meet … and chart the way forward and see if there’s a way to pour in all our resources to help him,” he said.
“We are not a rich family, perhaps if we were rich we would also be fighting these things and taking people to court. We are a family of hustlers and hard workers.”
Zuma has until August 24 to settle the amount with the National Treasury.
Meanwhile, President Zuma has made it clear that he is not seeking donations in order to pay back the money.