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Zuma legal fees dilemma | Saturday Star

Former President Jacob Zuma. Image: Rogan Ward / Reuters / African News Agency (ANA) Archive

Johannesburg – Earlier, President Jacob Zuma claimed to have made millions of rand from state catch, but this wealth can not help him now when he has to pay the bill for his own legal costs.

The Supreme Court in Pretoria decided Friday that Zuma would personally pay the costs of his failed legal review of the previous publicity protocol Thuli Madonsela's directive, calling on a committee to investigate state catches.

The decision was welcomed by opposition parties, who said it was a precedent not only for the former president, but also for other politicians using frivolous legal challenges for their own profits.

For Zuma, the board could see the end of his infamous "Stalingrad" defense, where he used the taxpayer's money to prevent the various court teams he has been involved in.

"Now that there is opportunity for individuals to pay their own costs, it will affect many leaders who saw this as a way of keeping justice in the air," says political analyst Dr Somadoda Fikeni.

It is believed that Zuma's legal costs in connection with the decision of the Friday court could cost him R10 million.

Although Zuma had the money to pay this from unlawfully accomplished activities, Fikeni said it would be difficult for him to use this to pay his legal fees.

"The problem is that when the headlight is on you, any transaction will be followed," added Fikeni.
"So it is possible that those involved in state catch will not be able to access these funds."

Political analyst Daniel Silke said that Zuma would probably appeal against the decision, but it should now be at his own expense.
"What this is is a moral victory for South Africans," he said.

Opposition parties welcomed the court's verdict and said that it sent a strong message to the ministers.
DA Federal Governor James Selfe said: "Zuma's motive for launching this trial was to confuse the public prosecutor's results and frustrate his corrective action, especially to establish the state catch investigation.

"He would deliberately not have this task established because it would mean him, his family and those politically linked to him.
"He later handed over and sentenced this statement and appointed the investigation."

African Christian Democratic Party leader Reverend Kenneth Meshoe said Zuma had to pay for his cases, and this was a lesson for all ministers and authorities.

"South Africans should be grateful that we have a legal system that does not benefit a person because of their status. We believe he has to pay for all the cases he faces," said Meshoe.
He said it was wrong for Zuma to expect the state to pay for its own problems.

Cope spokesman Dennis Bloem said that Zuma had abused his office by getting the state to solve his legal bills.

"The time has come for him to realize that the government will not be responsible for its problems in court."

He said Cope fully agreed with the former president to pay his costs from his own pocket.

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