In a unanimous Constitutional Court judgment, the Chief Justice said: "The president failed to uphold, defend and respect the Constitution."
The Mail & Guardian has tracked down the bizarre comments made by the president's staunchest defenders to explain his Nkandla 'fire pool'.
Jacob Zuma suddenly seemed to abandon the last shreds of his defence during Constitutional Court proceedings this week.
South Africans made sure their views on the Constitutional Court judgment were heard. We round them up here.
The EFF claimed the fight, started by the Democratic Alliance, about the presidential scandal as its supporters filled the streets.
South Africans finally get a peek into the homestead that has captured the country's imagination for the past five years.
President Jacob Zuma has proposed a "solution" to the Nkandla scandal – a week before a court case brought against him is set to start.
Police Minister Nathi Nhleko has absolved President Jacob Zuma for the misuse of state funds to upgrade his home in Nkandla.
The president has backtracked on two major decisions in two months – first after he fired his finance minister; now he says he’ll #PayBackTheMoney.
The five parties want the public protector’s report on upgrades to the president’s home to be included in the ad hoc committee’s programme.
The Democratic Alliance insists President Jacob Zuma was backed into a legal corner and had no choice but to offer to "pay back the money".
What was seen as Jacob Zuma's offer to repay the state is nothing of the sort as he and his team renege on acting against overseer Cabinet ministers.
By going after President Jacob Zuma's architect, the Special Investigating Unit could break the conspiracy of silence.
The ANC has said it would be out of order for Jacob Zuma to repay any money for non-security upgrades at Nkandla he did not request or consent to.
Both parliamentarians and selected media have now been inside Nkandla, but no group has emerged with answers to the most important questions.
The law clearly states that even essential security measures must be paid for by the owner of the property, even if he has not agreed to the upgrade.
The ANC said Thuli Madonsela lacked wisdom and was risking the impartiality of her office by filing papers with the Constitutional Court over Nkandla.
The DA hopes to get Police Minister Nathi Nhleko's report on Nkandla set aside by the courts and for the public protector's findings to be enforced.
After hours of deliberations and disagreements over findings, the Nkandla ad hoc committee adopted its report on Thursday night.
Some believe there were only a few officials responsible for cost overruns at Nkandla. The public protector's report found differently.