South Africa Ombudsman Wants Court to Hear Zuma Case: Beeld

  • Madonsela sent letter to President Zuma's office on Thursday
  • Zuma Agreed this week to repay some costs of renovation

South Africa’s graft ombudsman wants the nation’s highest court to hear her arguments about why President Jacob Zuma should repay the government for upgrades to his home despite Zuma’s offer to settle the matter, Beeld reported.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s legal team sent a letter to Zuma’s attorneys on Thursday, the Johannesburg-based newspaper reported.

Zuma proposed paying back some of the 215.9 million rand ($13.5 million) spent on renovations at his private residence. The nation’s two biggest opposition parties they will push ahead with their lawsuit in the Constitutional Court, which will hear the case on Feb. 9, to force Zuma to repay the money.

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