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S. Africa's Zuma Told to Repay Part of Home Makeover

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FILE - South Africa's President Jacob Zuma delivers his State of the Nation address at Parliament in Cape Town, Feb. 13, 2014.

FILE - South Africa's President Jacob Zuma delivers his State of the Nation address at Parliament in Cape Town, Feb. 13, 2014.

South Africa's top anti-corruption official has accused President Jacob Zuma of misconduct for accepting a state-funded $23 million upgrade to his home.

The report from Public Protector Thuli Madonsela says the president should repay some of the cost for the makeover of his compound in Nklanda, KwaZulu-Natal province.

The upgrade, which the government said was done for security reasons, included the installation of a swimming pool, cattle corral and an amphitheater.

Madonsela says the president never objected to the spending.

The report was released Wednesday, six weeks before South Africa holds national elections. Recent polls have shown public support slipping for the ruling ANC party, largely because of corruption, high unemployment, and a lack of basic services.

The ANC was expected to respond to the report later in the day.
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