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S. Africa delays report on leader's home upgrades

Monday - 12/9/2013, 11:11am  ET

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- The South African government says it is postponing the release of a report on controversial security upgrades to President Jacob Zuma's private home because of the death of anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela.

Allegations the government used $21 million of taxpayers' money to finance the security upgrades -- which reportedly include a swimming pool -- have caused a public outcry in South Africa. Zuma has rejected the criticism as unjustified.

The government said Monday the report won't be released this week amid the preparations for Mandela's funeral and a later date will be set in due course.

The government report was commissioned after the allegations became public. A separate investigation by the country's ombudsman started last year is about to be concluded.

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