S Africa's Zuma slammed by court

  • 31/03/2016
South African President Jacob Zuma (Reuters)
South African President Jacob Zuma (Reuters)

South Africa's top court has ruled President Jacob Zuma must repay millions of dollars worth of state funds which he splashed out on his private home.

An investigation launched in 2014 found Zuma spent $23 million renovating his property after being sworn into office in 2009.

The upgrades included a swimming pool, a visitors' centre and an amphitheatre.

Zuma was previously ordered by an anti-graft watchdog to repay a percentage of the costs, but he never did as he wasn't subject to a court order.

In its ruling, the Constitutional Court said Zuma failed to "uphold, defend and respect" the constitution.

Thursday's ruling (local time) is the latest twist in a six-year saga that has damaged Zuma politically.

It is also a vindication for Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, a constitutionally mandated anti-graft watchdog.

Newshub. / Reuters