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S.Africa's Zuma booed at election rally

Disgruntled residents in a small South African town booed President Jacob Zuma Wednesday during an election campaign of the ruling ANC three weeks ahead of general polls, according to a report. Rally-goers reacted angrily while Zuma -- under fire for multimillion-dollar state-paid renovations to his private home -- was answering questions from the stage, according to City Press newspaper. Angry residents left early and pelted stones at cars, according to the newspaper.

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.

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.

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.

S.Africa's ANC in damage control over Zuma home upgrades

South Africa's ruling ANC sought Thursday to limit the damage from a damning ombudsman's report which ruled that multi-million dollar state-funded upgrades to President Jacob Zuma's private home were unlawful. There was a scathing media reaction to the report, which described the $23 million spent on renovations at Zuma's country homestead as excessive and ordered him to repay some of the costs. "Licence to loot," thundered the headline in The Mail and Guardian, which first broke the story about the renovations in 2009.

S.Africa's ANC in damage control over Zuma home upgrades

South Africa's ruling ANC sought Thursday to limit the damage from a damning ombudsman's report which ruled that multi-million dollar state-funded upgrades to President Jacob Zuma's private home were unlawful. Media reaction to the report -- which described the $23 million spent on renovations at Zuma's country homestead as excessive and ordered him to repay some of the costs -- was scathing. "Licence to loot," thundered the headline in The Mail and Guardian, which first broke the story about the renovations in 2009.
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