File - The country’s ombudsman said some of the $23 million refurbishments at Zuma’s luxurious residence were unlawful.
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President Jacob Zuma benefitted "unduly" from a $23 million state-funded security upgrade to his home that included a cattle enclosure and an amphitheater, South Africa's corruption watchdog said Wednesday in a damning report six weeks before an election.The findings were likely to further hurt the image of the scandal-plagued Zuma and his ruling African National Congress in May elections, although the former liberation movement that has ruled since the 1994 end of apartheid is still expected to win.The total spending amounted to eight times the estimated present-day value of securing the home of Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first black president, who died in December aged 95 .Despite voter concerns about graft and shoddy public services, the ANC is almost certain to win the May 7 election, handing the 71-year-old Zuma another five years at the helm.Zuma, a polygamous Zulu traditionalist, has been beset by scandal throughout his political career.
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