South African Police Investigating Zuma on Nkandla Home Upgrades

South African police are investigating President Jacob Zuma on eight corruption charges laid against him by the main political opposition party relating to the state-funded upgrade of his home.

A probe into case number CAS 123/03/2014 opened at the Nkandla police station in Zuma’s rural home village “has been initiated,” Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko said in a written response to a question from Mmusi Maimane, the Democratic Alliance’s parliamentary leader. “No further information can be disclosed at this juncture as the matter is still sub judice,” Nhleko said.

While Nhleko didn’t mention Zuma by name, Mabine Seabe, Maimane’s spokesman, confirmed that the party had filed the case against the president. Mac Maharaj, Zuma’s spokesman, referred queries to the police.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, the nation’s corruption ombudsman, said in a March 19 report that Zuma, 72, unduly benefited and failed to safeguard public resources used in the 215 million-rand ($19.1 million) renovation of his home. While Madonsela recommended Zuma repay some of the money, a panel of ruling party lawmakers absolved him of wrongdoing.

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