Africa

South African president seeks to resolve spending scandal

South Africa's president has expressed willingness to reimburse the state for state spending on his private home, reflecting an effort to end a scandal that prompted a national outcry and led to heckling and even scuffles at some parliamentary sessions.

The office of President Jacob Zuma said Wednesday that Zuma wants South Africa's auditor-general and finance minister to determine how much he should pay for the more than $20 million in upgrades at his private compound, known as Nkandla.

The announcement amounts to a concession following pressure from opposition parties, which have sought to take the case to the Constitutional Court.

In 2014, South Africa's government watchdog released a report concluding that Zuma inappropriately benefited from state funding. Zuma has denied wrongdoing, saying government security officials controlled the spending project.