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South African parliament votes not to impeach Zuma

Jacob Zuma Credit: Reuters

The South African Parliament has voted against a motion to impeach President Zuma.

The vote was launched after South Africa's highest court said last week that Mr Zuma had breached the constitution by failing to repay public money used to upgrade his private home.

Impeachment is a process which can remove an official accused of unlawful activity from office and can see criminal or civil punishment.

The opposition leader Mmusi Maimane said Mr Zuma was a "crooked" president who was unfit to govern.

But Mr Zuma survived the vote and had the support of the African National Congress (ANC), which controls almost two-thirds of the assembly.

SA President refuses to resign over mansion scandal

Jacob Zuma has refused to resign despite being accused of violating the constitution. Credit: RTV

South African President Jacob Zuma has refused to stand down despite a damning ruling by the country's constitutional court in relation to state funds used to upgrade his private home.

Yesterday, the court ruled that Mr Zuma violated the constitution when he spent $16m (£11m) of public money on various home improvements.

In an address to the nation, Mr Zuma said: "I respect the judgement and will abide by it...I never knowingly or deliberately set out to violate the constitution which is the supreme law of the Republic."

"My intention was not in pursuit of corrupt ends or to use state funds to unduly benefit me or my family...

"The matter has caused a lot of frustration and confusion for which I apologise on my behalf and on the behalf of government...Let us use the judgement to build and further strengthen our democracy."

Mr Zuma confirmed that he will pay back the money which was used on the enhancements at the Nkandla residence, such as a swimming pool and amphitheatre, once it has been established how much these projects are worth.

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South African President Jacob Zuma admitted to hospital

The South African President Jacob Zuma has been admitted to hospital for a scheduled procedure to remove gallstones, the Presidency said.

South African President Jacob Zuma admitted to hospital. Credit: PA

A statement from Zuma's office said."The galllstones were discovered about two months ago during a routine medical check-up. The president's work programme did not allow for the procedure to be undertaken earlier,"

He was expected to be discharged on Sunday.

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SA President Zuma slammed for £14m home makeover

South African President Jacob Zuma "benefited unduly" from a 208 million rand (£13.8 million) state-funded security upgrade to his private home that included a swimming pool, cattle enclosure and amphitheatre, the public protector ruled today.

South African President Jacob Zuma 'benefited unduly' from a $23 million state-funded security upgrade to his home the public protector said Credit: Reuters

In a damning report released six weeks before an election, South Africa's top anti-corruption watchdog accused Zuma of conduct "inconsistent with his office" and said he should repay a reasonable part of the cost of the unnecessary renovations.

"The President tacitly accepted the implementation of all measures at his residence and has unduly benefitted from the enormous capital investment in the non-security installations at his private residence," Public Protector Thuli Madonsela said in her report.

'Fake' interpreter seen signing for Jacob Zuma in 2012

Video posted online appears to show the man accused of 'faking' sign language during Nelson Mandela's memorial 'interpreting' for South African president Jacob Zuma last year.

The footage, apparently filmed in January 2012 at the ANC party's 100th anniversary, shows the man making gestures as Zuma sings to the crowd.

ANC communications manager Keith Khoza told NBC News that the interpreter had translated for party events in the past, but said that the man only “volunteered” and was not paid.

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