South Africa leader under scrutiny over home cost

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Photo - FILE - This file photo taken Sept. 28, 2012 shows the private compound homestead of South African President Jacob Zuma in Nkandla, in the northern KwaZulu Natal province South Africa. A South African watchdog agency says President Jacob Zuma should pay back some of the more than $21 million in state upgrades to his private rural home. Public Protector Thuli Madonsela said Wednesday March 19, 2014 that the president had inappropriately benefited from state funding but that he had done so by mistake, rather than intentionally violating the ethics code of his office. (AP Photo-File) SOUTH AFRICA OUT
FILE - This file photo taken Sept. 28, 2012 shows the private compound homestead of South African President Jacob Zuma in Nkandla, in the northern KwaZulu Natal province South Africa. A South African watchdog agency says President Jacob Zuma should pay back some of the more than $21 million in state upgrades to his private rural home. Public Protector Thuli Madonsela said Wednesday March 19, 2014 that the president had inappropriately benefited from state funding but that he had done so by mistake, rather than intentionally violating the ethics code of his office. (AP Photo-File) SOUTH AFRICA OUT
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JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African watchdog agency says President Jacob Zuma should pay back some of the more than $21 million the state paid to make upgrades to his private rural home.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela said Wednesday that the president had inappropriately benefited from state funding but that he done so by mistake, rather than intentionally violating the ethics code of his office.

The main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, has said it will push for Zuma's impeachment over the money spent on his home, a move likely to be blocked by the ruling African National Congress. Ruling party officials have said Madonsela's report is politically motivated.

Critics have cited state spending at Zuma's Nkandla homestead as an example of alleged government corruption, which will likely be a campaign issue ahead of national elections on May 7.

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