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President Cyril Ramaphosa has been asked to help recoup R15 million he spent to fight his legal battles. File PIC GCIS

Jacob Zuma spent R15.3 million to evade prison

Democratic Alliance (DA) has called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to help to recoup R15, 3 million in taxpayers money.

“In a letter received by DA on Tuesday, the State Attorney has uncovered the Presidency has burned through R15 300 250 of public money over the past 9 years on the “Spy Tapes” case,” said the Opposition Party Leader Mmusi Maimane.

Maimane said DA has consulted legal team, to begin, with the legal process of recovering each cent of this R15.3 million from Jacob Zuma.

“We call on President Cyril Ramaphosa to join our legal team to recoup the cash from Zuma. He can’t talk tough on corruption and inefficient spending, yet choose not to see to this conspicuous abuse of public funds,” added Maimane.

Therefore, Zuma must pay back this cash.

Maimane said the amount incorporates every single legitimate cost relating to the National Prosecuting Authority’s decision to decline to prosecute former President Zuma on charges of fraud, corruption, and racketeering.

“Zuma isn’t a respondent for this case in his capacity as President of the Republic of South Africa. This adds up to R15.3 million of sporadic spending to keep him out of prison,” Maimane said.

Maimane said DA will recover the people’s money from Zuma, adding that he will also have his day in court to answer to the 783 counts of fraud, corruption, money laundering, and racketeering against him.

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