South African President Jacob Zuma has told a national television audience that he ''did not act dishonestly, or with any personal knowledge of'' non-security upgrades made to his private residence. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) In an official televised address to the nation, South African president Jacob Zuma said he never "knowingly or deliberately" set out to violate constitution, and stated he will pay an amount towards non-security upgrades to his private residence. His public remarks came in response to this week's scathing Constitutional Court judgment on non-security upgrades to his private Nkandla residence. A court ruling held that Zuma had failed to uphold the law by ignoring instructions to pay back some of the $16 million in state money spent on the renovations. Zuma said it was never his intention not to comply with public protector findings. Opposition members have launched impeachment proceedings against Zuma, but these are unlikely to be successful because of the ANC's strong majority in parliament. Some South Africans however believe the scandal could still bring down the 73-year-old leader by persuading some in the ANC to abandon him.