Web Only
November 29, 2013

President Zuma in hot water over leaked Nkandla report

So-called 'fire pool' among list of purported taxpayer-funded upgrades at South African president's compound, according to provisional report.

A view of the home (behind the huts) of South Africa's President Jacob Zuma in Nkandla, August 2, 2012. ROGAN WARD/REUTERS

Millions of dollars in taxpayer funds allocated for security upgrades to South African President Jacob Zuma's homestead have been misused, alleges a provisional report from Public Protector Thuli Madonsela.

The $20 million (R200 million) project reportedly included a number of "excessive" expenditures including a swimming pool, an amphitheatre, and a visitors' centre, all funded by the state. A summary of the findings of the leaked report, known by the working title "Opulence on a Grand Scale", was released by South African newspaper Mail & Guardian on Friday.