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Court deals blow to Zuma over misuse of state funds

Dec 29, 2017, 5:56 AM EST
South Africa's President Jacob Zuma squandered $15 million of state money on renovating his home in March 2016.
(Source: GovernmentZA/flickr)

South Africa’s constitutional court ruled that the country’s parliament failed to hold President Jacob Zuma accountable over misuse of state funds and directed the assembly to set out a mechanism for impeachment proceedings.

The court added that defining the modality of impeachment mechanism or ordering the impeachment falls outside its ambit, writes the BBC.

Zuma, who squandered $15 million of state money on renovating his home in March 2016, survived a “no-confidence” vote over the issue after he reimbursed $631,000. The judgment deals a big blow to Zuma, whose popularity has waned in the wake of a series of graft allegations, notes The Guardian.

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