The continuing allocation of tax payers money for private comfort, is eliciting more reactions and counter reactions from the parliament. President Jacob Zuma is not prepared to divulge whether he declared the fringe benefits accrued to him as a result of the upgrades to his Nkandla homestead to the South African Revenue Service (SARS).

In a parliamentary question posed to him by the Democratic Alliance’s (DA) Alf Lees, Zuma said the matter is between him and SARS.

“The issue of tax is a confidential matter between the South African Revenue Services and the taxpayer.”

Zuma, as is stipulated by the Income Tax Act, is liable to pay the estimated R63.9m in fringe benefits tax on the benefits that accrued to him as a result of the state-funded upgrades to Nkandla.

Reacting to Zuma’s refusal to answer the question, Lees said in a statement that although Zuma has the right to not answer the question, the DA simply asked him to confirm that he has declared to SARS the fringe benefit that has accrued to him in order to prove that he is indeed a law-abiding citizen.

“His refusal is yet another indication of him continuously dodging accountability,” Lees said.

Zuma on Tuesday was responding in writing to a number of questions from opposition MPs, including whether he has considered appointing a commission of inquiry into any aspect of the banking and/or financial services sector.