South African court hears case against president

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s highest court is hearing a case against President Jacob Zuma, who is accused of violating the constitution in a scandal over state spending on his private home.

Opposition parties brought the case against Zuma to the Constitutional Court, whose proceedings were being shown on live television Tuesday.

The parties say Zuma was required to follow a 2014 recommendation from the state watchdog agency that he pay back some of the more than $20 million in home upgrades.

On Feb. 3, Zuma’s office said he was willing to reimburse some money. His critics say he wanted to avoid the embarrassment of a court hearing about his conduct.