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South African Parliament to Debate Impeaching President Zuma

FILE - South African President Jacob Zuma.
FILE - South African President Jacob Zuma.

South Africa's parliament will open debate Tuesday on an opposition motion to impeach President Jacob Zuma for violating the constitution.

The Constitutional Court ruled last week that Zuma "failed to uphold, defend, and respect the constitution" by failing to pay back some of the public funds he used to make improvements on his private home.

More than $20 million in remodeling included adding a swimming poll, an amphitheater and a fenced-in area for cattle.

The federal anti-corruption office ordered Zuma to repay the money spent on renovations unrelated to security.

Zuma said in a televised address to the nation last week that he "never knowingly or deliberately set out to violate the constitution, which is the supreme law of the republic."

He made no mention of the scandal during a rally Sunday to announce aid for drought-stricken areas.

Zuma's ruling African National Congress dominates parliament and any effort to impeach him will likely fail.

Previous efforts to impeach Zuma or force him from office were also voted down.

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