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‘Thief’ slur against Zuma allowed by South Africa court
[9 Feb 2015] The highest court in South Africa has ruled that it’s ‘fair comment’ for the opposition party to describe President Jacob Zuma as a thief. The Constitutional Court said the Democratic Alliance was within its rights to text 15 million people before last year’s election saying that President Zuma ‘stole money’ from taxpayers to pay 246 million rand (£14million) for improvements to his country home, Nkandla. Zuma’s African National Congress Party won last May’s poll with 62% of the vote.
Zuma claimed most of the money was spent on security upgrades. An inquiry found these included an amphitheatre, a chicken run and a swimming pool. No duck house, though, so it seems he’d learnt little from the expense-claiming habits of British MPs.
South Africa’s public protector, Thuli Madonsela, has ordered the president to repay the money. The ANC has responded by accusing her of being a CIA agent.
Source: The Times, 20 Jan 2015.