Jacob Zuma Violated Constitution, South African Court Rules

March 31, 2016 12:08 PM

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Jacob Zuma Violated Constitution, South African Court Rules

JOHANNESBURG — South Africa’s highest court ruled on Thursday that President Jacob G. Zuma had violated the Constitution by refusing to pay back part of millions of dollars in public funds used for private home improvements, saying he had flouted laws meant to safeguard this country’s young democracy.

Dealing a humiliating rebuke to Mr. Zuma, who had for years derided any suggestions that he pay for the upgrades, the Constitutional Court said unanimously that the president had “failed to uphold, defend and respect the constitution as the supreme law of the land.”

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