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In South Africa Top court says Zuma failed to respect constitution

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South Africa's President Jacob Zuma (L) leaves after a summit on health and sanitary security in Lyon, France, March 23, 2016. play South Africa's President Jacob Zuma (L) leaves after a summit on health and sanitary security in Lyon, France, March 23, 2016. (REUTERS/Robert Pratta)
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South African President Jacob Zuma failed to "uphold, defend and respect" the constitution when he ignored the instructions of an anti-graft watchdog to repay some of the $16 million spent on his private home, the country's top court ruled on Thursday.

The ruling by the Constitutional Court is the latest twist in a six-year saga that has damaged Zuma politically.

It is also a vindication for Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, a constitutionally mandated anti-graft watchdog.

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