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Zuma’s SA home upgrade ‘unethical’








Jacob Zuma's Nkandla residenceThe improvements at Nkandla included a visitors’ centre and amphitheatre


South Africa’s top corruption fighter has said President Jacob Zuma has “benefited unduly” from using state money to improve his rural residence.

The changes to Mr Zuma’s private home, including a pool and cattle enclosure, cost taxpayers $23m (£13.8m).

In a 400-page report, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela accused Mr Zuma of unethical conduct.

She said that Mr Zuma, who faces re-election in May, should repay costs for some of the unnecessary renovations.

The refurbishment of the residence in Nkandla, in Mr Zuma’s home province of KwaZulu-Natal, has turned into a major political controversy in South Africa.

“The president tacitly accepted the implementation of all measures at his residence and has unduly benefited from the enormous capital investment in the non-security installations at his private residence,” Ms Madonsela, South Africa’s ombudsman, said in her report.


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