Ex-President Zuma ordered to refund the state for his legal fees

kwahuonlineradio December 14, 2018 0
Ex-President Zuma ordered to refund the state for his legal fees

South Africa’s embattled former President Jacob Zuma will have to pay back the money provided for his legal fees.

The state has paid between $1m (£792,000) and $2.2m in legal costs for Mr Zuma over the past decade.

A High Court ruling has instructed the state attorney to recover the money.

In addition, Mr Zuma will also have to find the money to pay his lawyers in his ongoing corruption case, which has been adjourned until May next year.

The state has been footing the bill for Mr Zuma’s legal fees since 2006 – when charges of corruption were first laid against him.

The former president faces 16 charges of fraud, corruption and money laundering stemming from hundreds of payments made to him in relation to the South Africa’s arms procurement deal.

Mr Zuma, who was forced out of office in February, denies any wrongdoing.

The charges were dropped in 2009 but reinstated earlier this year.

Opposition parties took the presidency to court after President Cyril Ramaphosa’s recent revelation that an agreement signed by Mr Zuma, under former President Thabo Mbeki, had formed the basis of the decision to continue paying Mr Zuma’s legal fees, more than a decade on.

On Thursday, a judge found that the decision taken by the presidency and state attorney to cover Mr Zuma’s legal costs was invalid and set it aside.




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