South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma has made a U-turn in court over his refusal to repay some of the $23million of state money used to upgrade his home.

His lawyer admitted he was wrong to ignore an anti-corruption watchdog’s report to pay back money spent on features such as a swimming pool.

The case comes at a difficult time for Mr Zuma, who has also been under fire over his handling of the finance ministry, after he sacked two ministers in a week last year.

The opposition is hoping that the case, being heard by South Africa’s highest court, the Constitutional Court, will pave the way for impeachment proceedings against the president.

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