August 2, 2021

South Africa’s Zuma prepared to pay money spent on home renovation

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South Africa — South Africa’s top court is hearing an opposition case that the president must repay some of the $23m (£15m) of state funds used to renovate his home according to BBC News.


Mr Zuma’s lawyer Jeremy Gauntlett conceded that the report was binding on him, and said the president was prepared to repay within 90 days money spent on “non-security features” at his private home in his home village of Nkandla in KwaZulu-Natal province.

A 2014 report said Jacob Zuma had “benefited unduly” from the upgrades, which include a swimming pool.

He has offered to repay the money and the case is now about whether he broke the law by ignoring that report.

Protesters, led by former Zuma ally turned fierce opponent Julius Malema, have marched to the court.

A BBC The constitutional court is being asked to rule on whether the government flouted the law by ignoring recommendations of the 2014 report by the anti-corruption watchdog, known as the Public Protector.


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