Zuma ordered to return 7.8 million rand spent on home renovations

South African President Jacob Zuma must reimburse the government 7.8 million rand (502,492 dollars) he spent on non-security upgrades to his country home, the National Treasury ordered Monday.

The Constitutional Court had ruled earlier that Zuma violated the constitution when ignoring a recommendation from the public protector to pay back part of 246 million rand he spent on renovating a private home in the village of Nkandla.

The Constitutional Court asked the Treasury to determine the amount Zuma should repay.

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

The Treasury valued the five items at 7.8 million rand, according to its report to the court, seen by dpa.

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

The affair is seen as having done enormous damage to the ruling African National Congress (ANC) ahead of local elections in August.

Last update: Mon, 27/06/2016 - 18:18

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