South African President Jacob Zuma to pay back £14 million of taxpayers’ money he used in building a swimming pool, football pitch and an amphitheatre in his private compound
South African President Jacob Zuma has been ordered to re-pay some of the 14million pounds tax payers money used for a lavish upgrade of his private home.
A damning report by the country’s top anti-corruption official described improvements at the residence used by Mr Zuma, his four wives and more than 20 children, as an ‘unconscionable and excessive misappropriation of public funds’.
The 400 page report by which took South Africa’s Public Protector two years to probe concluded Mr Zuma had profited personally and acted ‘unethically’ during the process of upgrading his personal homestead, which saw neighbours being evicted to make way for facilities including a swimming pool, a visitors’ centre, helipads, football pitch and amphitheatre.
An earlier internal government probe into the renovations had found that the works were essential for the president’s security. In plans, the swimming pool was described as ‘a fire pool’ required in the event of a blaze at the largely-thatched residence.
Yesterday’s eagerly-awaited report, entitled ‘Secure in Comfort’, established that while a personal clinic and house for police officers might reasonably form part of a security plan.
However, the amphitheatre, visitors’ centre and extensive new facilities for the Zuma family’s chickens and cattle could not.
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