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Zuma loses bid to get state to cover legal fees

The latest in a string of legal defeats for the former president.
Image: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg

South Africa’s second-highest court rejected an appeal by Jacob Zuma aimed at getting the state to pay his costs in a graft case, the latest in a string of legal defeats for the former president.

Zuma, who ruled the country for almost nine scandal-marred years, stands accused of taking bribes from arms dealers in the 1990s and is due to go on trial on May 17. The corruption case relates to actions the ex-president undertook in his personal capacity and the state shouldn’t be liable for his legal fees, the Supreme Court of Appeal said in a judgment handed down on Tuesday that upheld a lower court’s ruling.

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“The SCA took the view that to have granted Mr Zuma, who has been significantly enriched by the payments, a blank check to pay private lawyers is egregious,” the court said in a summary of its judgment. “A web of maladministration appears to have made that possible.”

Zuma, who was ordered to pay the state’s costs, was first charged with graft in 2005 when he was deputy president and reached a deal with the State Attorney whereby the government would pay private lawyers to defend him.

President Cyril Ramaphosa, who succeeded Zuma in February 2018, told lawmakers that year that the matter had cost taxpayers R15 million ($1 million). Zuma committed to repaying the money if he was found to have acted in his personal capacity.

The Constitutional Court, the nation’s highest legislative body, is separately deciding whether to jail Zuma for defying its order to testify before a judicial panel that’s probing corruption during his nine-year tenure.

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Could not happen to a more deserving man !!!!!

I hope the legal fees is a nice complex number, so he can butcher it in front of the cameras

So far talk talk for years …
possibly the person with the longest charge sheet South African history

Should not be a problem for such rich man?

How many bedrooms does his mansion in Dubai have?

Water off a ducks back! Sorry duck.

and he is most probably relaxing in his “firepool” in kzn, without the know how how money / income is actually generated, the attitude will be something like: ” forget it, it can be written off against the “inexhaustible source” of the south african taxpayer.

Some good news for a change, however will SARS now do a lifestyle audit on him to see how he is covering his fees going forward, this man should’ve been locked up years ago.
He is a stain on SA democracy

Hope so. Sar Commissioner Kieswetter may be protecting his comrades

Amazing if not a miracle that the bleeding Tax payer is not working for Mr. Zuma this time.

The Rich man with no concept where Tax payer money comes from.

Surely one of the biggest ‘losers’ in history. A sad, pathetic, heavily flawed and disturbed individual who the likes of Malema propelled into the Presidency and for which the country will pay for years to come. If ever there was a person ill-equipped for sound decision-making it is Zuma.

Best news. Better will to see him and his blesses, including Malema, Don the orange overalls.

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