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Zuma dodges graft allegations

South African President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday dodged damaging allegations that $23 million of taxpayers' money was spent unlawfully upgrading his private home, prompting opposition calls for his impeachment. Facing an April 2 deadline to respond to a scathing report by the public protector, just weeks before South Africans go to the polls, Zuma's office said he would respond fully at a later date. Instead, a terse statement said "the President remains concerned about the allegations of maladministration and impropriety around procurement in the Nkandla project."

Zuma 'concerned' by accusations of impropriety

South African President Jacob Zuma expressed concern Wednesday over damaging allegations that he benefited from unlawful renovations at his private home worth $23 million, a bill picked up by taxpayers. Facing a deadline to respond to a scathing report by the public protector that comes just weeks before South Africans go to the polls, Zuma's office said he "remains concerned about the allegations of maladministration and impropriety."

Zuma 'concerned' by accusations of impropriety

South African President Jacob Zuma expressed concern Wednesday over damaging allegations that he benefited from unlawful renovations at his private home worth $23 million, a bill picked up by taxpayers. Facing a deadline to respond to a scathing report by the public protector that comes just weeks before South Africans go to the polls, Zuma's office said he "remains concerned about the allegations of maladministration and impropriety."

Zuma 'concerned' by impropriety accusations over home upgrades

President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday expressed concern over allegations he benefited from unlawful upgrades to his private home worth $23 million, a bill picked up by taxpayers. Zuma's office said he "remains concerned about the allegations of maladministration and impropriety around procurement in the Nkandla project," which have caused a political firestorm just weeks before an election. arb/dh

South Africa's Zuma to address graft allegations

South African President Jacob Zuma will respond Wednesday to a damning public watchdog's report about $23-million worth of taxpayer-funded upgrades to his private home, a key advisor said. Facing a deadline to comment on the public protector's review -- which found the renovations unlawful -- Zuma is expected to table the report and his response to parliament. "I expect this submission will be made today (Wednesday)," presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj told AFP.

S.African opposition want elections boss to step down

A group of South African opposition parties Tuesday called on the head of the electoral commission to step down over alleged mismanagement, just five weeks before crucial general elections. After a meeting of 10 political parties in Pretoria, eight of them agreed that Pansy Tlakula, chairwoman of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), "must resign immediately." "Should she refuse to resign, the parties who are in agreement will pursue legal action," they said in a statement.

South Africa's Zuma denies wrongdoing over $23 million home upgrade

By Joe Brock JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African President Jacob Zuma has denied any wrongdoing over a $23 million state-funded security upgrade to his private home, in his first public response to allegations he had benefited unduly from the "excessive" spending. Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, South Africa's top anti-corruption watchdog, accused Zuma this month of conduct "inconsistent with his office" and said he should pay for some of the renovations at his Nkandla home that included a chicken run and a swimming pool.

South Africa's Zuma to miss EU-Africa summit

South African President Jacob Zuma will miss a controversy-tinged EU-Africa summit in Brussels this week because of "other commitments", the country's foreign ministry said on Monday. Pretoria would not say if Zuma's decision was taken in solidarity with long-time Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, whose government called for a boycott of the meeting after his wife, Grace, was refused a visa to attend.

S.Africa's Zuma says didn't ask for controversial house revamp

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma on Sunday said he did not ask for multi-million dollar state-funded makeover of his private house after an ombudsman found that he unduly benefitted from the renovations. The ombudsman said the $23 million spent on the renovations at Zuma's country homestead was excessive and ordered him to repay some of the costs. But in his first public reaction to the damning report released 11 days ago, Zuma shifted the blame to government officials saying he did not ask for the renovations and he would not repay.

Football: South African Premiership results

South African Premiership results this weekend: Sunday Bloemfontein Celtic 0 AmaZulu 0 Mamelodi Sundowns 2 (Laffor 45+1, Mokoena 66) Pretoria University 1 (Nyondo 63) Saturday Lamontville Golden Arrows 0 Wits University 1 (Ngcobo 13) Orlando Pirates 1 (Segolela 12) Moroka Swallows 0 Platinum Stars 2 (Nyanda 55, Makudubela 78) Maritzburg Utd 1 (Mandaza 65) Polokwane City 1 (Tlolane 76) Free State Stars 1 (Nomandela 77) Friday Ajax Cape Town 0 Mpumalanga Black Aces 2 (Ndoro 2, 78) afp
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