South African president pays costs in home spending scandal

The office of South African President Jacob Zuma says he has paid the state more than $500,000 after being instructed to do so in a scandal over upgrades to his private home.

Zuma's office said Monday that the money was paid to the South African Reserve Bank after he raised it through a home loan.

The Constitutional Court had said Zuma should pay back an amount compiled by the national treasury. The treasury had said the sum of 7.8 million South African rand was a "reasonable percentage" of costs for improvements to Zuma's Nkandla home unrelated to security.

South Africa's ruling party lost control of some major metropolitan areas in Aug. 3 elections whose results were partly attributed to voter dissatisfaction over corruption allegations against Zuma.