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Zuma apologises for Nkandla scandal, opposition rejects justification

Zuma apologises for Nkandla scandal, opposition rejects justification

South Africa

South African President Jacob Zuma on Friday apologised for the “frustration and confusion” created by the scandal over his Nkandla residence.

In a nationwide address a day after a scathing constitutional court ruling, Jacob Zuma, said he only acted in good faith in his handling of a 2014 watchdog report into the $16 million state-funded improvements to his private home and would pay back a portion of the money.

Meanwhile, South Africa’s opposition leader dismissed President Jacob Zuma’s excuses calling it “misleading”.

“The president is misleading South Africa. He said repeatedly, he always wanted to pay. He never wanted to pay,” Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane told Reuters immediately after the president’s nationwide address.

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