Zuma To Repay Public Money Spent On His Residence

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Source:   —  April 02, 2016, at 1:22 AM

S Africa's president says he'll abide by a Ct ruling and pay back state funds used for improvements to his private home.

Zuma To Repay Public Money Spent On His Residence

The President of S Africa, Jacob Zuma, has apologised for the "frustration and confusion" caused by a scandal over state spending on his private home.

But he denied acting dishonestly, saying he never "knowingly or deliberately set out to breach the constitution".

S Africa’s top Ct ruled this week that he  by ignoring recommendations to pay back some of the £11m spent on renovations to his residence at Nkandla.

But in a TV address on Friday evening, Mister Zuma said he'd acted "in excellent faith". 

"Any action that's been found not to be in keeping with the constitution happened because of a different approach and different valid advice," he said.

A report in two thousand-fourteenth said he'd "benefited unduly" and identified several upgrades that couldn't be linked to extra security.

They included a swimming pool, cattle enclosure, chicken run, amphitheatre and visitor centre.

Two investigations ordered by the president in the wake of the report cleared his name - including one which decided the pool was a fire-fighting measure.

Mister Zuma said he'd abide by the constitutional Ct ruling that he should pay some of the money back.

The S African treasury has been asked to compute the costs of the upgrades unrelated to security within sixty days.

He should then repay that quantity within forty-five days.

Opposition parties have been calling for the 73-year-old boss to resign.

"The president is misleading S Africa. He said repeatedly he always wanted to pay: He never wanted to pay," said Democratic Alliance boss Mmusi Maimane.

The opposition has also launched impeachment proceedings against Mr Zuma.

They're unlikely to be successful, though, because impeachment requires a two-thirds majority, while Mister Zuma’s party, the ANC, has a healthy majority. 

The ANC has already defeated a no-confidence motion against Mister Zuma this year. 

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