South African president repays government after graft scandal

South African President Jacob Zuma has repaid the government 7.8 million rand (537,000 dollars) in taxpayers' money he had used to upgrade his private home, the presidency said Monday.

"The president raised the amount through a home loan," it said on its website.

The Constitutional Court had previously ruled that Zuma violated the constitution when he ignored a recommendation from the public protector to pay back some of the 246 million rand he spent on renovating his rural homestead in the village of Nkandla.

Zuma had argued that the upgrades were for added security, even though they also included a swimming pool, a cattle enclosure, a chicken coop, a visitor centre and an amphitheatre.

The Treasury set the amount to be repaid at 7.8 million rand.

Zuma survived impeachment proceedings regarding the affair in April and apologized to the nation, denying conscious wrongdoing.

The affair is seen as having done enormous damage to the ruling African National Congress (ANC), which suffered losses in local elections in August.

Last update: Mon, 12/09/2016 - 20:57
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