South Africa: Zuma Ordered to Reimburse State $16M

South African President Jacob Zuma has been ordered by the constitutional court to reimburse the state $16 million. (Photo: Google Images)

South African President Jacob Zuma has been ordered by the constitutional court to reimburse the state $16 million.
(Photo: Google Images)

Nqobile Dludla of Reuters Africa is reporting South African president Jacob Zuma has been ordered by South Africa’s constitutional court to reimburse the state $16 million spent upgrading his private home.

Dludla writes:

“The unanimous ruling by the 11-judge court, a central pillar of the democracy established at the end of apartheid, said Zuma had failed to “uphold, defend and respect” the constitution by ignoring the Public Protector’s findings on his sprawling rural residence at Nkandla in KwaZulu-Natal.

In 2014, the constitutionally mandated anti-corruption watchdog identified a swimming pool, cattle enclosure, chicken run, amphitheatre and visitor centre as non-security items that Zuma must pay for.

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng gave the Treasury 60 days in which to determine their “reasonable cost”, after which Zuma would have a further 45 days to pay.”

In a statement, president Zuma says he respects the court’s decision and will determine the proper action “in due course.”

Read more at Reuters.

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