Jacob Zuma told to repay cash spent on private home

President used £13.7m of state funds for upgrade, watchdog’s report says, as findings lead to calls for resignation

David Smith in Pretoria
Jacob Zuma told to repay cash spent on private home

(theguardian) Jacob Zuma, the president of South Africa, faced calls for his resignation on Wednesday after an anti-corruption watchdog found 246m rand (£13.73m) of taxpayers’ money had turned his private home into a display of “opulence on a grand scale” amid a sea of poverty.

The damning report, which follows a two-year investigation, accused Zuma of unethical conduct and told him to repay the costs of a swimming pool, amphitheatre, visitor centre, cattle enclosure and chicken coop built as part of a state-funded security upgrade.

The findings are damaging blow to the president, whose career has been dogged by graft and sex scandals, just seven weeks before Zuma’s African National Congress ( ANC ) goes into the most hotly contested election since the end of apartheid 20 years ago. The opposition demanded his impeachment. Read full story on theguardian…

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