The South African police have launched an investigation into corruption allegations leveled against President Jacob Zuma’s $24m state-funded upgrade of his house, the parliamentary papers reports.
Confirming the development, the police in a written response to lawmakers published on Monday, confirmed that a probe into accusations against the South African leader of misuse of public funds to renovate his home Nkandla village “has been initiated”.
Zuma denies knowledge of work done in his home. Constructions include; a swimming pool, private clinic and amphitheatre.
His government insists that all the refurbishments were security related.
South Africa’s national assembly erupted in August with lawmakers chanting “pay back the money”, demanding Zuma return the millions of dollars spent on his home.
Opposition leader, Mmusi Maimane, of the Democratic Alliance said “now the police must do their jobs”.
Following this accusation, Zuma’s administration, Maimane and other opposition politicians had called for Zuma to be the subject of a criminal investigation and have demanded his resignation.