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SA President Jacob Zuma to Pay Back Millions of Dollars Used to Refurbish his Mansion



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A view of the controversial homestead of South African President Jacob Zuma in Nkandla on January 21, 2014. On January 11 South African police arrested 30 people near President Jacob Zuma’s homestead in Nkandla, after violent clashes with supporters of a newly formed party led by Julius Malema.

South African President Jacob Zuma has finally succumbed to public and opposition party pressure to pay taxpayers back some of the 24 million US Dollars he used to refurbish his expansive estate Nkandla.

He has been under pressure since 2014, when the office of the Public Protector (this is a body in South Africa specially set up to investigate misconduct amongst and complaints against public officers in all state affairs) said Zuma “benefited unduly” from his private home upgrades.

They also stated his his conduct was “inconsistent with his office as a member of the cabinet”. It recommended he reimburse taxpayers for a “reasonable part” of the costs.

The home additions and improvements included a swimming pool (which was listed as a ‘fire-fighting facility), an amphitheater, visitors center and cattle and chicken areas.

At the beginning of parliament in 2015, Julius Malema‘s Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) opposition party members were shouting “pay back the money!” during Zuma’s State of the Nation address and had to be carted out of the building.

After a hearing last week on the issue, the President has now told the country’s finance minister to determine how he will pay back the funds.

Source: Financial Times | Photo Credit: Getty Images/AFP/Marco Longari


  1. BongzZulu_RSA

    February 3, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    Bellanaija editors and web administrators , please delete this article!! It is distorted and lacks factual information. You have an hour to delete this, failure to do so will have severe repercussions. I thank you in advance.

    • nikky

      February 3, 2016 at 4:23 pm

      You should point out the inconsistencies and give readers what you believe is fact instead of threatening bellanaija editors in the comments section.

    • Le coco

      February 3, 2016 at 4:25 pm

      @bongzulu_rsa… which part of this is false tho? just curious

    • bimpe the naija slayer

      February 3, 2016 at 4:53 pm

      – you in advance too!!! Zulu my black fat stretch mark ass!!!

    • Bleed Blue

      February 3, 2016 at 4:55 pm

      Mate. Please go speak to the Financial Times and once they give a published retraction of this story, you can please get back to us.


    • Ada

      February 3, 2016 at 6:30 pm

      Source- financial Times, take your issues up with them and stop with the empty threats

    • Oma

      February 3, 2016 at 6:48 pm

      You really must be DAFT you do see the source where it was quoted, can you carry your behind to the financial times and give them the ultimatum you casually just dropped here.

    • Iris

      February 4, 2016 at 6:00 am

      Fifteen hours and counting…

  2. Mystique

    February 3, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    This can never happen in Nigeria.

  3. funmi

    February 3, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    It is over an hour now though @bongzzulu

  4. Honeycrown

    February 3, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    Africans and “Mansion” mentality!

  5. Drknite

    February 3, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    Maybe its me, but I don’t see a $24 million mansion in the picture. Is that really the mansion? If it is, he got ripped off.

    • Le coco

      February 3, 2016 at 7:23 pm

      @Drknite. that is exactly what we all thought when we saw the house tht he used tax payer money to build.. IN HIS VILLAGE. alot of the fixtures are already falling apart nd looking ragged… the story they r running with is that majority of the money was used for some sort of high tech security or whatever. and not the actual mansion.. LIES.. I can assure u.. from what the media has shown us… Houses in abuja look way better than this ” mansion”

  6. Uber bella

    February 3, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    Lol, Zuma has been under immense pressure by the DA party over this project. I hope all parties concerned are happy now.


    February 4, 2016 at 9:23 am

    And Zuma just keep tarnishing the image of the ANC. I can imagine Madiba rolling in his grave!!!

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