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South Africa

South African president seeks to resolve spending scandal

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

Zuma wants South Africa's auditor-general and finance minister to determine how much he should pay for the more than $20 million in state-financed upgrades at his private compound, known as Nkandla, Zuma's office said in a statement.

The announcement follows pressure from opposition parties, which have sought to take the case to the Constitutional Court. They have said the...