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Jacob Zuma accused over
£14m revamp to private home

Reuters, by Staff

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Posted By:Ribicon, 3/19/2014 11:53:56 AM

Pretoria — The South African president, Jacob Zuma, "benefitted unduly" from a 246m rand (£14m) state-funded security upgrade to his private home that included a swimming pool, cattle enclosure and amphitheatre, an anti-corruption watchdog has said. In a damning report released six weeks before elections, the public protector accuses Zuma of conduct "inconsistent with his office" and said he should repay a reasonable part of the cost of the unnecessary renovations. (Snip) Zuma, a polygamous Zulu traditionalist, has been beset by scandal throughout his political career. He only became president after corruption charges against him were dropped on a technicality

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Outlandish corruption runs a distant second to having the correct skin tone.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: schnapps, 3/19/2014 1:43:56 PM     (No. 9775371)

Corruption in the ANC??? Be still my heart.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: enemyofthestate, 3/19/2014 6:17:53 PM     (No. 9775888)

Yet, South Africa remains the darling of American liberals. It´s a kleptocracy, engaged in the genocide of white farmers, and they insist on looking the other way.

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