South Africa's Zuma slammed for $23 million home makeover

Reuters News
Posted: Mar 19, 2014 6:47 AM

PRETORIA (Reuters) - South African President Jacob Zuma "benefitted unduly" from a $23 million state-funded security upgrade to his private home that included a swimming pool, cattle enclosure and amphitheatre, the public protector said on Wednesday.

In a damning report released just six weeks before an election, South Africa's top anti-corruption watchdog accused Zuma of conduct "inconsistent with his office" and said he should repay a reasonable part of the cost of the unnecessary renovations.

"The President tacitly accepted the implementation of all measures at his residence and has unduly benefitted from the enormous capital investment in the non-security installations at his private residence," Public Protector Thuli Madonsela said in her report

(Reporting by Ed Cropley; editing by Pascal Fletcher and David Dolan)